Students sign up for new koala protection campaign

Redlands Coast high school students are at the creative forefront of Redland City Council’s latest campaign to protect koalas.

Mayor Karen Williams said local high schools and colleges were invited earlier this year to take part in Council’s Koalas in Design art challenge, which was aimed at promoting the importance of koala conservation and how Redlands Coast residents could help protect these animals.

“This is an innovative way of engaging students in koala conservation, and their work has culminated in an exhibition this month, which is National Save the Koala Month,” she said.

“The challenge encouraged students in years 7 to 12 to investigate, plan and create a design concept promoting the importance of koalas.

“We asked schools to participate in the challenge as a new way of promoting creative and innovative koala conservation ideas from local high school students, showcasing local artistic talent and acknowledging the significance of the younger generation’s contribution to conservation.

“We see this as a great way to reach and engage younger residents and their schools and families in koala protection.”

Cr Williams said the participating students’ designs were now on display at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), with the winners to be announced soon.

“Prizes will be awarded to the winning school and student teams; and Council will facilitate an artist in residence to work with the overall successful school in 2020 to turn their top design into an enduring artwork for Council’s collection,” she said.

“This initiative encourages students to increase their understanding of koala conservation in an engaging and creative way, and I encourage the community to visit RPAC during the exhibition period to see the students’ designs.”

Koalas in Design schools art challenge
Art exhibition – open to 31 October, 2019
Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2/16 Middle Street, Cleveland
Suitable for all ages
Free entry