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School students in Balranald Shire to launch books focusing on farming and cultural heritage

Students from two schools in the Balranald Shire that took part in the Creative Catchment Kids (CCK) program will launch their own books next week about farming and cultural heritage.

The program, which is an initiative of the Petaurus Education Group in Albury, has seen students at Euston Public School and Balranald Central School spend time over the past 10 months outside the classroom to research content for their books.

Chair of the Western Local Board, Ben Barlow believes school students are important members of the catchment community and this program gives them a great opportunity to express their views on farming, biosecurity, environmental or cultural issues.

“A key feature of the CCKprogram is that primary students get an exciting and stimulating opportunity to learn and write about how landholders, schools and businesses are contributing to productive agriculture, healthy landscapes and managing pests and diseases in local communities,” Mr Barlow said.

Petaurus Education Group spokesperson, Adrian Wells believes the program is a great way to educate students on the importance of finding the balance between social, economic, environmental and cultural needs when considering landscapes, farming and the environment.

In addition to being available in the schools and local libraries, copies of the books will be lodged in the National Library as the students are young authors.

The two book launches are as follows:

  • Balranald Central School – Monday, 11 December at 11 am
  • Euston Public School – Tuesday, 12 December at 10 am.

The book developed by the Euston Public School has been funded by Western Local Land Services, while the Balranald Central School book has been funded jointly by Western Local Land Services and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Indigenous Advancement Scheme.

For more information contact Mr Wells on 0459 201 332 or via email.  

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.