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Old 08-12-2010, 07:05 AM
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Default NRL Cowboys Johnathan Thurston present Townsville schools Canegrowers prize

Three participating schools have tied in first place in the Canegrowers Cowboys competition, congratulations to Townsville school, Railway Estate State School, St Michael's of Palm Island and St Anthony's Parish School at Dimbulah who won a limited edition Johnathan Thurston memorabilia piece.

Johnathan Thurston (JT) visited Railway Estate State School last week to present them with their prize.

Over the past few months, primary school students have put on their thinking caps to answer the question, "How are sugarcane growers improving water quality?".

The competition was one of the initiatives in the Cowboys Canegrowers partnership promoting the importance of sustainable farming practices to the people of North Queensland, beginning with the region's youth.

Entrants worked through Canegrowers educational module material, including a resource booklet, audio files and classroom discussion. According to Canegrowers, the cane growers who judged the entries said it was a tough job, as the standard of entries from schools across Queensland was so high.

Canegrowers CEO Steve Greenwood said that the competition entries demonstrated an impressive understanding of the modern techniques used by cane growers.

"The project was designed to show students the water life cycle of a cane farm and how growers in North Queensland are caring for some of Australia's most unique vegetation, animal life and waterways, including the Great Barrier Reef," he said.

"Growers are proud of their environmental performance and adoption of sustainable farming practices, and the competition was a great way to communicate this to our young residents.

"We congratulate all of our entrants and thank them for their creative responses."

The Cowboys said that the club was pleased to be involved in creating awareness for an important local industry. "Our cane farmers are part of the backbone of the North and we hope that through our partnership with Canegrowers, we can help to spread the word about their progressive and sustainable approach," said Cowboys Community Relations Manager Fiona Pelling.
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