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Forster Primary School's frogs win 2003 Hands on for Habitat Award.



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Media Release

Bob Baldwin MP

Federal Member for Paterson

8 September 2003

FORSTER PRIMARY SCHOOL’S FROGS WIN 2003

HANDS ON FOR HABITAT AWARD

Year 4 students at Forster Primary School were today announced as the overall upper primary winners of the national 2003 Hands on for Habitat Awards.

All Australian Primary School children are invited to enter the awards by submitting illustrations and research on Australia’s threatened species. Forster Primary School won the award for their entry focusing on threatened Australian frogs and their habitats.

At a ceremony at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra today, the Federal Government announced that Forster Primary would receive $4,000 for an environmental makeover, a framed poster featuring their artwork and Cadbury-Yowie prize packs.

“This is an outstanding achievement for a local school with entries from almost 4,000 students representing 214 schools across Australia,” the Federal Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin said.

“The illustrations by local students of frogs, such as the Green and Golden Bell Frog, will be featured on this year’s National Threatened Species Day poster.

“Students also produced a creative Powerpoint presentation which explained the threats to native frogs and ways to help improve their habitat.

“Forster Primary’s enthusiasm for learning about the environment and commitment to protecting its endangered species and their habitats is very clear and I congratulate Year 4 students.”

For more information on the Hands on for Habitat Awards or for a free National Threatened Species Day information kit, call the Department’s Community Information Unit on 1800 803 772 or visit www.deh.gov.au