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Creative Catchment Kids Book Launch

Students Celebrate Local Land Heroes

Four books about "Local Land Heroes" that were written by school students from Wentworth, Gol Gol, Pomona and Buronga were launched at Buronga 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.

Pomona Public School chose fish farmers Colin and Jenny Dickson as their heroes, while Wentworth Public School focused on a local farming family, Hayden, Fiona, Jane and Lucy Cullinan.

At Gol Gol Public School, the students followed the path of Simmy the Orange and Sim Fresh as they made their journey through the Simonetta family's packing shed.

The heroes at Buronga Public School were olive producers Joe and Donna Scopelliti of Varapodio Estate, while Alma Public School wrote about Semitj Hopcraft, the garden specialist at the school.

Regional Landcare Facilitator, Kaye Gottschutzke said 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," Ms Gottschutzke 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 very 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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