Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition
Each spring, Rangelands NRM runs an annual photo competition for children living in the rangelands. The competition, which started in 2011, aims to engage with children and their families living in the outback of WA – to raise their awareness of natural resource management and further involve our next generation of land managers in having pride in our rangelands landscapes and our regional communities.
The competition awards a first and second overall prize and a first, second and third for the age groups Lower Primary (Kindy, Pre-Primary, Years 1 and 2), Middle Primary (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Primary (Years 5 and 6).
The Western Australia’s School of the Air network covers 85 per cent of the state, providing vital education support to 200 of some of our country’s most remote and isolated children. The boundaries of five Schools of the Air in WA correspond with the Rangelands NRM region. Participating schools were Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Kimberley and Port Hedland Schools of the Air.
The photo competition was the idea of Rangelands NRM Landcare Coordinator Kaz Collins who was tragically killed in a car accident in July 2012. With the support of Kaz’s family (the Johnson Family), the competition will be an ongoing event in memory of Kaz and her contribution to the rangelands.
Since 2011, more than 200 individual students have taken part and submitted nearly one thousand photos to the competition!
Each year we are very grateful for the support of sponsors including Scitech, Swish Design, the Johnson Family, Embroid Me, Prevailing Wind Productions, Gaia Resources, ChemCentre and the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC).
“The competition is a great opportunity to raise awareness of natural resource management and further involve our next generation of land managers in having pride in our rangelands landscapes and our regional communities.” Dr Gaye Mackenzie, past CEO Rangelands NRM