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Landcare for schools

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Creating opportunities for students to become leaders in environmental sustainability.

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Landcare Australia ambassador, Catriona Rowntree, with students and Westpac staff.

students from Middle Harbour Public School.

Landcare Australia ambassador, Catriona Rowntree, together with Westpac staff promoting the new grants program with Year 5 and 6 students from Middle Harbour Public School.

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Students are being encouraged to show leadership on environmental issues in their local area through Junior Landcare.

Year five and six students around Australia can apply for the Westpac Junior Landcare Student Sustainability Grants of $1,500 each.

"Successful schools will team up with a local landcare group and high school students so that they have mentors to guide them along the way to both get the job done and then share their achievement with their community," Westpac spokesperson Sean O'Malley said.

Landcare Australia CEO, Heather Campbell said this new Junior Landcare grant program is a great opportunity for students to build their leadership skills through embracing the principles of landcare. It will help create awareness and an understanding about environmental sustainability.

"By getting involved with landcare early, we hope the students will volunteer along with their families for other environmental activities in their local community," said Ms. Campbell.

60 schools will be chosen to get the funds in early 2011 for projects to be completed throughout the year.

Grant criteria and application forms can be downloaded from www.juniorlandcare.com.au with applications closing on Friday 10 December.

For further information log onto www.westpac.com.au/landcare or www.juniorlandcare.com.au.