[ASC-media] Peter Garrett to Launch Major International River Health Event

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Tue Jul 1 12:21:00 EST 2003


DATE:	Monday, 30 June 2003                        EDUCATION & ENVIRONMENT

Peter Garrett to Launch Major River Health Event

The health of our river systems continues to be widely reported and
discussed across Australia. In October this year it will be the focus for
over 400 students, 100 teachers and 100 guests at the 2003 MDBC
International River Health Conference.

Peter Garrett will launch the event with the huge Aussie Band 'The John
Butler Trio' signed to close the conference and 'Killing Heidi' likely to
join the conference close.

This three-day conference is being held in Mildura on the River Murray,
commencing on the 19th October and is an exciting educational event for
students from year 5 to 11 and their teachers from around the world.  The
Murray-Darling Basin Commission is the principal sponsor of this event with
the generous support of major sponsors NSW Department of Land and Water
Conservation (DLWC), The Myer Foundation, the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT),
the Government of South Australia through the Department of Water, Land and
Biodiversity Conservation and Land and Water Australia (LWA).

Conference Convenor Arron Wood, 2001 Young Australian of the Year
Environment met with Peter Garrett in Sydney to discuss the conference
launch.  Mr Wood said “It is very exciting for the kids to have someone like
Peter launching the event.  Not only does he have a huge profile, but he
also has loads of environmental credibility which contributes further to the
integrity of the conference”.

The launch will be a little different from your regular launch.  Mr Wood
said “Peter Garrett will join with the 600 participants to release 1000
yabbies to the River Murray in a symbolic gesture towards river health”.

“This conference is unique as it has a total emphasis on kids teaching kids
about environmental issues.  Adults take a back seat and provide support to
the youth in many ways. One type of support is in the provision of mentors
to students on particular areas of natural resource management," said Mr

The youth appreciate the opportunity to share their knowledge on a wide
range of issues and leave the event motivated and with a great sense of
accomplishment. The Murray-Darling Basin Commission is going to continue to
support the concept of youth teaching other youth through a series of
regional youth conferences planned for across the Basin over the next two
years. The first regional conference will commence in Broken Hill in
November this year.” said Mr Lawrie Kirk, Communication Manager with the
Murray-Darling Basin Commission.

Students can get involved in this event in so many ways with participation
not just limited to schools.  You can register to attend the conference by
visiting the ‘registration page’ on the website, www.riverhealth.com .
Already registrations have been received from as far as Broome WA, Gympie
Qld, Alice Springs NT and every State and Territory in Australia.

"If you are a student from year 5 to 11, you can present at the conference
by completing a presentation proposal online.  You can post your ideas on
how you think young people can be involved in environmental management on
the discussion page or you could run your own Kids Conference with your
class or school. Even if don't attend you can visit the website during the
conference as photos are uploaded during the event," said Arron.

"If you are an environmentally aware organisation or business who would like
to get involved, you can sponsor a school to attend the conference. By
helping a school with travel and registration costs your logo will be
displayed in the Curriculum Package to be distributed throughout Australia,"
he said.

"Or you can help promote the conference by listing the event on your website
or covering the conference in your newsletter," said Arron.

Registrations to attend close on the 30th of July - there are only 200 spots
left.  For more information visit the conference website at

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the conference further
please contact Arron Wood on 0438 269 369, or 03 9329 3736 or e-mail
arron at fire-starter.com.au, or Cathy Reade, Media Liaison for the event, on
0413 575 934.


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