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    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Minister congratulates Eumundi school on $250,000 health award

    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Minister congratulates Eumundi school on $250,000 health award

    Education Minister Cameron Dick has congratulated Eumundi State School on winning $250,000 to build a new open air classroom as part of a Bligh Government program to promote healthy living initiatives.

    The prize was part of the 2011 Healthy Queensland Awards announced in Brisbane today by Health Minister Geoff Wilson.

    Announcing the winner in the Schools category, Mr Dick said Eumundi’s prize money will fund an innovative classroom setting.

    “Eumundi State School’s special open air classroom will help further improve the health of students and staff, and has the potential to help the wider community,” Mr Dick said.

    “It will be built in bushland surrounding the school and provide a perfect environment for learning about cultivating, harvesting and preparing healthy food.

    “The bushland setting will include gardens for growing fresh food to cook healthy meals daily in the class kitchen.

    “Eumundi prides itself on its ‘Eumunchi Healthy Eaters’ program promoting healthy food options, and the Healthy Queensland Awards prize will provide the opportunity for more fitness programs and daily exercise.”

    Five other Queensland schools won a Highly Commended prize of $50,000 each for their healthy projects.

    They are Bulimba State School, Dirranbandi P-10 State School, Tagai State College, Charters Towers State High School and Yeppoon State High School.

    The Healthy Queensland Awards are a Bligh Government Toward Q2 Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative to find Queensland's healthiest community, school and workplace, and offer a total of $1.6 million in funding.

    The awards aim to recognise, motivate and support initiatives helping Queenslanders live healthier lives.

    Judging was undertaken by the environment organisation, Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland (KABQ), with specially qualified judges selected for each category.

    KABQ CEO Rick Burnett said there were 102 entries from Queensland schools and the submissions included a wide variety of concepts, “from healthier eating programs and exercise plans, to sporting and recreation facilities and shade protection from the sun.”

    “It was great to see the planning and innovation that went into many of the entries and it shows that Queenslanders are aware of looking after their health,” Mr Burnett said.

    Media contact: Office of the Minister for Education 3237 1000