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Local students discover the Mallee's hidden treasures

Primary school students across the Mallee region still have an opportunity to participate in the "Mallee's Hidden Treasures" Enviro-Stories Competition.

Local students discover the Mallee's hidden treasures

Giles Planigale

The Enviro-Stories competition was run throughout term three, but has been extended to enable more students to have the opportunity to participate. Schools now have until the 11th of November to submit their entries.

The "Mallee's Hidden Treasures" Enviro-Stories Competition encourages students to explore the vast biodiversity and threatened species of the Mallee environment. Student's research, write and illustrate a 15 page story about the unique biodiversity and threatened species of the Mallee region. Three winning entries will then be published and e-books and/or hardcopies will be made available to students across the region.

The competition is a Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) project.

Board Chair Sharyon Peart has urged local schools to get their entries in.

"We've already received some fantastic entries, including quite an impressive range of stories from the Tempy Primary School, but we would like to see more students enter," she said.

"The Enviro-Stories competition is a unique way for local students to learn more about the threatened species in the Mallee region, while also being creative."

A free education kit containing background information and activities about the biodiversity and threatened species of the area is available for download from:

www.malleecma.vic.gov.au

www.envirostories.com.au

Both websites also contain the "Getting Started Pack" that has all details about the competition including templates for student entries.

For more information or to register your school's involvement, please contact Peter Coleman on 0411 729 444 or head to the Enviro-Stories website at www.envirostories.com.au.

Alternatively, for local support and technical advice, contact Karen Nalder at the Mallee CMA on (03) 5051 4377.

Entries close on the 11th of November, 2011.

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