Stories and artwork created by young people of the Macarthur region, highlighting the threats faced by plants and animals, have been published in the inaugural Threatened Species Art and Writing Competition Storybook.
The annual Threatened Species Art and Writing competition showcases the passion and commitment that our local young people have for protecting the unique species that live within the Macarthur region, including vibrant and colourful artwork from students aged five to 12, and creative short stories from students aged 10 to 12.
The storybook contains the two stories judged to be the best from each participating school, in addition to the overall winner for best story, with each story having artwork that corresponds to the species within the story.
Now in its 10th year, the competition is part of a wider regional collaboration between Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly Councils on environmental initiatives that encourage the local community to learn and live with the natural environment in a sustainable way.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, said the young artists and writers whose work was included in the storybook should be proud to have used their talents to raise awareness about the local environment.
“The Threatened Species Art and Writing Competition Storybook is an impressive reflection of the depth of artistic talent we have here in Macarthur, and of the importance these young people place on nature and their local environment,” he said.
“I congratulate them on the high standard of their work, and encourage locals to check out or download a copy for themselves, and to learn more about the Macarthur region’s natural environment.”
A calendar of artwork, also created as part of the competition, has been distributed along with the storybook to libraries, schools and Council civic centres across the region, or can be downloaded.