[ASC-media] Coasts, Kids and the Environment

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Fri Oct 13 06:21:28 CEST 2006




13 October 2006




Over 250 primary and secondary students from around Australia and from
overseas will converge on the Melbourne Museum, Point Nepean, Werribee and
Queenscliff in Victoria from 15-18 October for the inaugural 2006
International Youth Coastal Conference. 


The students will be working together on issues that concern them about
Australia's coasts and waterways, and will take part in a day of on the
ground activities to put into practice their knowledge of coastal resource


The kids also have an opportunity to quiz an expert panel on "Climate Change
and its effects on Biodiversity in our Southern Seas" with speakers from
Nautilus Education, Marine Discovery Centre, Central Coastal Board, Seafood
Industry Vic and Parks Victoria.


"The 2006 International Youth Coastal Conference is about a lasting
commitment to our youth and the sustainable use of our marine and coastal
resources and environment," said event organiser, Arron Wood. Arron was a
finalist for the Special Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment at
the 2006 UN Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards.


"Adults take a back seat at the event as the Year 5 to 11 kids teach each
other about the coastal environmental issues they are dealing with at home,
and learn from each other about the most effective ways of dealing with
these problems," said Arron. 


"It will provide students with skills in marine and coastal management, but
will also build students who are optimistic, have a sense of future, are
capable public speakers and can communicate ideas in many different forms,"
he said.


Students have been working with mentors in the months leading up to the
event to develop presentations in a range of formats such as singing,
acting, quizzes, and art. 


Arron explained that the kids have been spot-on with the issues they have
chosen to highlight at the event including: 

*               the change of land use and effects of introduced weeds on
the health of our waterways

*               the human impact on Antarctica

*               big fish and how they are being impacted by humans

*               monitoring pollutants in fresh water fish

*               marketing recycled water for a greener future and a
healthier coastal environment

*               sharks and turtles in trouble

*               natural heritage and cultural mapping

*               sustainable seafood 


Media are welcome for photos and interviews with organisers, students and
teachers at:


Sunday, 15 October, 

11-4pm: registration at Melbourne Museum, Carlton. 


Monday, 16 October, 

8am: official launch at the Melbourne Museum, Carlton with a toast to the
health of oceans at 8.30am where the kids will throw salt over their
shoulders on the steps of the museum.

10-3pm: environmental project day at Point Nepean and Werribee.


Tuesday, 17 October at Big 4 Beacon Resort, Bellarine Peninsula Hwy,

9-10.20am and then 12.30-4.30pm students making engaging entertaining

10.45-11.45am Expert Panel Discussion on Unique Biodiversity in our Southern


For more information www.youthcoastalconference.com
<http://www.youthcoastalconference.com/>  or for interviews and photos
contact Cathy Reade, 0413 575 934 


The International Youth Coastal Conference is proudly sponsored and
supported by Sony, the National Centre for Marine and Coastal Conservation
(Australian Maritime College), Landcare Australia LTD, Toshiba, Coast
Action/ Coastcare, Melbourne Water, Victorian Abalone Divers Association,
Director of National Parks, Nautilus Educational, Australia Post, Victorian
Coastal Council, Department of Education and Training, Parks Victoria, the
Marine Discovery Centre, Melbourne Museum, Mornington Peninsula Shire
Council, Ocean Watch and the Melbourne Girls College


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