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School students to launch books on local environmental issues

Students from three schools in the Wentworth Shire that took part in the Creative Catchment Kids (CCK) program will launch their own books next week about the environment and farming.

The program, which is an initiative of the Petaurus Education Group in Albury and funded by Western Local Land Services, has seen students at Buronga, Wentworth and Palinyewah public schools spend time over the past 12 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 CCK program 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.

“The program exposes students to natural resource management issues in practical and meaningful ways with real-life learning experiences and tangible outcomes. It also links school priorities with those of the Western Local Land Services.”

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.

The three book launches are as follows:

  • Wentworth Public School – Wednesday, 29 November at 2.00 pm
  • Buronga Public School – Thursday, 30 November at 10.00 am
  • Palinyewah Public School – Thursday 30 November at 6.30 pm.

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

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