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Water focus of youth forum

Thursday, 10th June, 2010

* Willyama High School students Jacka Hicks, Cameron Mackay and Desley Edwards  at the new water treatment plant yesterday. * Willyama High School students Jacka Hicks, Cameron Mackay and Desley Edwards at the new water treatment plant yesterday.

Environmental sustainability is the main focus of a youth forum which comes to end in the city today.

Senior students from the Willyama and Broken Hill high schools are participating in the two-day event which started yesterday.
It has been organised by the Lower Murray-Darling Catchment Management Authority and the Murray-Darling Association.
The forum will not only identify local environmental concerns but will also seek to gain ideas from the students on how to fix environmental problems in the catchment.
Yesterday the students visited a number of places such as the water treatment plant in Kaolin Street, the Mulga Creek catchment wetlands, the storm water detention basin in Mercury Street and the storm water capture and re-use projects at AJ Keast Park and O'Neill Park.
Forum facilitator, Adrian Wells of the Murray-Darling Association, said the students showed a lot of enthusiasm and interest in environmental issues.
He also said they had a good grasp of the concept of sustainability.
Today the students will take a bus tour to inspect the Darling River, the Menindee Lakes and range lands.
Mr Wells said the CMA had undertaken a new approach towards natural resources management that included the two-day forum and funding given to Broken Hill High School to develop a natural resource management project.
Funding was also given to Menindee Central School to develop a project. Money will also be shared between Wilcannia Central School and Ivanhoe Central School.
With a focus on making an active contribution to the environment, the students will report their findings to the CMA.
Mr Wells said school students had a great deal to offer catchment management.
"The insights, optimism and enthusiasm of students need to be captured and harnessed and used to improve the catchment's natural resources," he said.

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