The Department of Land Administration's (DOLA) annual Swan Valley Discovery competition for schools is on again.
Conducted with the support of the Shire of Swan, the competition offers students and schools the chance to win more than $3,000 in cash and resource prizes.
Lands Minister George Cash said the competition was established in 1992 to raise community awareness of DOLA and its move to Midland in August 1993.
"The competition has been a tremendous success with an increasing number of local entries each year and interest from schools outside the region," Mr Cash said.
"lt provides an ideal opportunity, not only for students to learn more about DOLA, but to gain in depth knowledge of the area they live in."
Mr Cash said with this year's centenary celebrations for Midland and its surrounding regions, DOLA had incorporated these themes into the competition activities.
"The activities will help commemorate the successes of the past which have made Midland and the Swan Valley the thriving community it is today," he said.
DOLA has also provided sponsorship contributions towards other centennial activities, such as a major commemorative sculpture to be placed in the town's square.
Designed with the needs of teachers in mind, the Swan Valley Discovery competition has been revised and updated by teachers to cover a wide range of student requirements.
Primary school activities include poster design, murals, photo albums and tapestries, as well as book-making, research projects, poetry and prose writing and the exploration of heritage sites.
Secondary activities include practical map making and aerial photography.
Competition kits have been distributed to principals and teachers in schools throughout the region.
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