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Young Australians: 17 opportunities, $10,000 and less than one month to apply.

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Young Australians: 17 opportunities, $10,000 and less than one month to apply

Young Australians with an innovative idea they want to put into practice have less than one month left to apply for one of the $10,000 2005 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Warren Truss encouraged young people, aged 18 to 35, working in our rural industries and communities to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for one of the 17 awards by 1 July 2005.

"These annual awards recognise the contributions of young Australian scientists, researchers, farmers, fishers and foresters in advancing the future of their industries and the communities in which they live," Mr Truss said today.

"There are many young people out there with excellent ideas on how they can improve technology or practices on the farm, the boat or in the plantation. These awards give them financial backing to develop these innovative ideas and share the results with their peers.

"A panel of expert judges will assess each applicant on how they propose to use the award money to undertake projects of long-term benefit to Australia's agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food or natural resource management industries.

"Since these awards were developed in 2001, 64 young people from around Australia have received support to undertake projects including: the development of environmentally friendly fertilizer; investigating salt tolerant trees; bycatch reduction in fisheries; DNA markers for foxes; the feasibility of inland prawn farms; and, looking at how stress influences livestock growth.

"These awards demonstrate the Australian Government's commitment to building and strengthening skills for young rural people and providing them with opportunities to access professional development activities essential for the rural sector's future prosperity.

"The awards recognise and celebrate the contribution young people make to our rural industries, and helps ensure a positive future for our primary production and rural sectors."

Mr Truss will announce the 2005 winners in October at a prestigious awards night at Parliament House in Canberra in front of a high profile audience of community and rural industry leaders, State and Federal government representatives and the media.

Entries close at 5pm on 1 July 2005. Application forms are available at:

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For more information on previous award winners in your area, or to arrange photographic opportunities, contact Kylie Paulsen, BRS Communications Manager on 0438 630 491.

Further media inquiries:

Minister Truss' office: Tim Langmead - 02 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433

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