Local finalists creating YouTube hits!

Three local students from the Longreach School of Distance Education (LSODE) are to be congratulated on making the final of the Junior Landcare competition – Going the Distance.  Hayley Bowden and Hugh Spackman (Year 4), and Ivy Schmidt (Year 6), were among hundreds of entrants from the Queensland Schools of Distance Education.

Students were asked to create a digital research project that addressed local environmental issues.

Short videos covered a range of environmental topics including soil erosion, global warming, glass recycling, pest animals (including cane toads) and threatened native species such as the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat.

“These videos are a fun way to engage school-aged students in the ethos of the Landcare movement,” said Hayley Glover, Regional Landcare Facilitator with Desert Channels Group.

Ms Glover said the Landcare movement is broadly encouraging sustainability in our everyday lives, whether at home, on the land, at school or in the office.

“It is a fun and entertaining way to see the students engage in these issues, and they demonstrate an amazing depth of understanding,’ she said.

The three finalists’ short videos submitted from LSODE – “Rabbits of Central West Queensland” by Hugh Spackman, “Wicked Weeds” by Ivy Schmidt and “The March of the Cane Toads” by Hayley Bowden – can be viewed at the Desert Channels website along with links to the other finalists’ and winners’ short videos.