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Creative Catchment Kids

Two books about "Local Land Heroes" that were written by school students from Alma and Tibooburra were launched at Alma Public School today.

Local farmers and producers were the subjects of the books, which showcase the professional face of modern agriculture.

Each book shows their individual approach and demonstrates how they were contributing to sustainable agriculture and sharing their knowledge.

Alma Public School chose to write about Semitj Hopcraft, the garden specialist at the school, as their local hero.

Students from the Tibooburra Outback School of the Air wrote about Dan Hough, a local water conservation volunteer.

General Manager, Rob Gregorysaid the books were professionally printed as the culmination of a writing program under the 2014 Creative Catchment Kids program.

The program is a partnership between Local Land Services Western Region, 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," Mr Gregory said.

"The program aims to increase the children's understanding that communities, local businesses, farms, agriculture and the health of our region are all linked to each other."

This year, the project has involved about 250 primary and high school students from throughout the western region – from school of the air students at Tibooburra in the north to children at Balranald in the south.

Owen Dunlop and Stacee Staunton-Latimer, who work with each school 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.

Media contact:          Donna Ambler             0400 258 690

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