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Bursary to help kids keen to look after our waterways

RIVER KNOWLEDGE: Ella Ukkola learns how to conduct on-site water testing to assess the health of creeks and rivers from Fitzroy Partnership for River Health executive officer Nathan Johnston.
RIVER KNOWLEDGE: Ella Ukkola learns how to conduct on-site water testing to assess the health of creeks and rivers from Fitzroy Partnership for River Health executive officer Nathan Johnston. Contributed

ENTRIES are now open for the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health inaugural Care for Creeks School Bursary.

A $1000 bursary is on offer to help a primary school or class from Year 3 to 7 within the Fitzroy Basin to care for a local creek.

The Fitzroy Partnership for River Health has announced the new Care for Creeks bursary to coincide with the coming launch of the Fitzroy Basin Report Card.

Fitzroy Partnership for River Health executive officer Nathan Johnston said the partnership wanted to engage the younger generation and educate them on the importance of caring for creeks and rivers.

"We are currently in the process of compiling the first report card aimed at providing a more complete picture on the health of rivers and creeks in the Fitzroy Basin for the 2010/11 water year," Mr Johnston said.

"This report card will provide a statement of the condition of waterways in the Fitzroy Basin and provides benchmark information for future comparison.

"We recognise that children are our region's future custodians so our aim through the bursary is to get them interested in the health of their waterways from a young age.

"There is one Fitzroy Partnership for River Health Care for Creeks Bursary up for grabs.

"The successful primary school or class from Grade 3 to 7 will receive $1000 that can be used towards a variety of projects to care for our waterways.

"The project will need to include an element of water sampling, with assistance from a Fitzroy Partnership representative provided for this activity."

To apply teachers, school administration or parents (with the teacher's consent) will need to submit 200-300 words describing what their class or school would do to care for a creek if they were awarded the bursary.

Entries close May 1. For full terms and conditions as well as further information on events that could be funded download the Care for Creeks guideline from the homepage of the partnership website http://www.riverhealth.org.au



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