Noosa Eco Schools Awards 4 May 2005
Over the next two months school students in Noosa Shire will be working towards cleaner school environments as a part of the Noosa Eco Schools Awards programme. Categories include five School and three Student Awards and judges will be visiting all schools in the Shire during May.
School Award Categories include the Eco School of the Year for the school with outstanding overall environmental practices. The winning school will receive a perpetual trophy sponsored by the Noosa Parks Association and permanent award in the form of framed photographs of Cooloola National Park fauna, donated by the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association.
The River Friendly School Award will be presented to the school with outstanding stormwater and litter abatement practices; the Paul Steels Landcare Award will be awarded for best native plantings and environmentally sustainable practices in the classroom and tuckshop will be acknowledged by the Living Smart School Award.
The Environmental Innovator Awards, donated by Cooroy Supa IGA, will be presented to someone nominated by a school, such as a tuckshop person, teacher, grounds person, janitor or student who has introduced an environmentally innovative idea or program to the school community.
All award winners will receive original framed photographs taken by program coordinator Leisa Riggs when she undertook the four-day back-packing Cooloola Trail from the Rainbow Beach area down to Elanda Point. "I took a few hundred photos on the walk and really wanted to do something worthwhile to share the best of them, so we decided to use them for the something a little different instead of trophies," said Ms Riggs. "All award winners will also receive a copy of Stephanie Haslam's book Noosa Native Plants, proudly published by NICA. It has proved to be very popular and will be a valuable asset to each winning school's library."
Students will have their own award and prize categories, with the opportunity to work in groups of up to six to design 3D models of the Noosa River catchment. The winning group will be proclaimed "Honorary River Rangers" for a day. This prize will include a fully catered tour of the Noosa River with River Ranger, Michael McNamara. The students will also receive prize packs of certificates, hats and drink bottles.
Students are also invited to design A3 sized posters to highlight local environmental issues. A selection of the posters and the catchment models will be on display at the two-day Eco Kids Expo to be held at the Cooroy Memorial Hall on June 7th and 8th. It will be open to the general public on the afternoon of Wednesday the 8th, from 3.00 to 5.00.
Ms Riggs added that all students attending the Expo will be encouraged to bring litter-free lunches, with prizes of insulated lunchboxes and drink bottles for the examples being presented by our local super hero Captain Cleanup.
• For further information, please contact : Leisa Riggs - 0409 721 456
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