Local Land Heroes Acknowledged

There have been 52 local land heroes from NSW acknowledged in this year’s Creative Catchment Kids program.

From volunteer fire services to sustainable farmers to people working in schools, these people and businesses are heroes in the minds of many school children who comes from regional areas like Tumbarumba in the Snowy Mountains, to Buronga near Mildura and all the way to Tibooburra in the State’s far north west.

The 2014 Creative Catchment Kids program has been a partnership between three Local Land Services regions (Murray, Riverina and Western) with Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre and the Murray Darling Association.

“The Creative Catchment Kids program gave students and teachers in seven schools across the Western Local Region a year of learning, innovation and achievement,” said Western Local Land Services Regional Landcare Facilitator, Kaye Gottschutzke.

Chair of Riverina Local Land Services, Sam Archer, said “We want the primary students to appreciate that communities, local businesses, farms, and agricultural health in the Riverina region are all linked and dependent on each other. These issues need a balanced understanding and approach to ensure that they all survive into the future.”

Mr David Wolfenden attended one of the the book launches to receive his book written by Walbundrie students, and represent the Board of Murray Local Land Services.

Owen Dunlop and Stacee Staunton-Latimer, who work with each of the 52 schools in the program, said the program not only complemented school activities but provided opportunities to build the students’ confidence and presentation skills.

“Principals, teachers and parents should be very proud of the students, their efforts and the high quality books that have been produced,” Mr Dunlop said.

This is the fourth year that Creative Catchment Kids and the Enviro-Stories program has been running in the Murray region.

In 2015 the books will focus on farmers and communities tackling biosecurity issues, animal health and feral animals.


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