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Kakadu and WetlandCare art competition, Australia

WWD 2013 Kakadu National Park

Breakfast and information stalls at the Jabiru town plaza, followed by wetland craft activities at the Jabiru town pool.

It may be the driest wet season in a long time, but that didn’t stop celebrations for World Wetlands Day on Saturday 2 February. More than 100 people took part in activities to recognise the role wetlands play in taking care of water, including a free barbeque in the town plaza, followed by wetland art and craft activities at the Jabiru Swimming Pool. The events were coordinated by Kakadu National Park, Supervising Scientist, West Arnhem Shire Council, Energy Resources Australia and the National Environment Research Program. Thank you to all those that sponsored and supported our activities.Kakadu weland prize

WetlandCare art winner

Hezekiah Lane, a 12 year old from Manabadurma community in Jabiru, has won second prize in the WetlandCare Australia National Art and Photography Competition 2013, announced for World Wetlands Day on February 2. This is the fifth year that West Arnhem residents have won prizes. David Cameron and Abraham Dakglalwuy (accomplished local traditional artists) took time to assist young artists keen to learn traditional painting skills. The annual painting activity is run by Kakadu National Park with other activities to help celebrate World Wetlands Day.

wetland in a boxThe winners were officially announced on Saturday February 2nd at an Award Ceremony and Exhibition in NSW. The artworks are on display from the 2nd to the 28th of February 2013. Further information can be found on the WetlandCare Australia website www.wetlandcare.com.au where the winning artworks will be displayed in an online gallery from March 2013.

The art competition organiser, WetlandCare Australia, is a not for profit group dedicated to conserving and restoring Australian wetlands.

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