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Science and Innovation Awards for Young People - WA

Young Western Australians with ideas that will benefit Australia’s rural industries have less than a month to apply for up to $10,000 under a national awards programme.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Peter McGauran encouraged Western Australians aged 18 to 35 to apply for the 2006 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry by 30 June.

“The awards are open to young Australians with ideas that will deliver long-term benefits to our agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food or natural resource management industries,” Mr McGauran said.

“This year there are 20 awards on offer; 12 that are industry-based, and one from each State and Territory.

“Since 2001, more than 80 young people from around Australia have received awards, including last year’s winner from Western Australia, Scott Carver.

“Mr Carver’s project, which is being sponsored by Land & Water Australia, is investigating ways of stopping the spread of Ross River virus in southwest WA.

“He’s looking at getting a better understanding of how the salinisation of water bodies in the WA wheatbelt affects the composition of mosquito communities. Decreasing the diversity of those communities greatly reduces the transmission risk.”

This year's major sponsor is the Grains R&D Corporation (RDC). The other award sponsors are Australian Wool Innovation, Land & Water Australia, Fisheries RDC, Forest & Wood Products RDC, Cotton RDC, Sugar RDC, the Rural Industries RDC, Grape & Wine RDC, Grains RDC, Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Pork Ltd.

The Bureau of Rural Sciences, part of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, coordinates the awards.

The winners will be announced by Minister McGauran at a ceremony in Canberra later in the year.

“I encourage young Australians to take up this opportunity to kick-start their careers and become part of this illustrious group of young achievers,” Mr McGauran said.

Applications close at 5pm on 30 June 2006 and can be lodged on-line at

Further information: Kylie Paulsen, BRS, 0438 630 491.

Further media inquiries:

Minister McGaurans' office: Nancy Joseph 02 6277 7520

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