Quartet give HELPing hands

http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/story/88601 FOUR young minds are taking the world by storm. The HELP (Helping Endangered Leadbeater’s Possums) team will not only present their year-long project at the International Future Problem Solving Conference in Wisconsin – they will be featured in Network Ten’s science program Scope. The team, Elly Robertson (from Kallista), Luke McConnell (Berwick) and Emerald’s Ellie and Mollie Travica, have worked hard since the bushfires to save the critically endangered species. They recently submitted an application for a community ...

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TV goes wild for Beaconhills College teens

http://pakenham-cardinia-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/tv-goes-wild-for-beaconhills-college-teens/ SAVING an endangered marsupial has led this team to stardom. Four students from Beaconhills College appeared on Channel 10’s science program Scope last Friday as part of their Helping Endangered Leadbeater’s Possums crusade. It was their second television cameo since the group - Kallista’s Elly Robertson, Berwick’s Luke McConnell and Emerald’s Ellie and Mollie Travica - was formed early last year. As reported in the Leader, the team also featured on the ...

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Totally Wild Episode

The H.E.L.P girls recently spent a day with Parks Victoria Ranger Jo Antrobus and Healesville Sanctuary Threatened Species Keeper Paula Watson. They were filming an episode of the popular Channel 7 wildlife program Totally Wild in the Yellingbo State Faunal Conservation Reserve.  

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Special deal for special possums

By Tania Martin 2nd June 2009 FOUR hills friends are again doing their bit to make a difference. Twins Ellie and Mollie Travica of Emerald, Kallista's Elly Robertson and Emma Falconberg, of Berwick, are helping to save the endangered Leadbeater's possum. But they are not strangers to campaigning for worthy causes. Last October the girls made the finals in the Macquarie Bank Future Problem Solving Program with their bid to raise awareness for kids in East Timor. The Beaconsfield College students formed a group called YES (Youth for East Timor Squad) to highlight the ...

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It’s mission possum

BERWICK AND PACKENHAM DISTRICT JOURNAL A DWINDLING population of Leadbeater's possums has prompted a group of Beaconhills College students to lend a helping hand. The 12- and 13-year-old girls from Beaconhills' Village Campus in Berwick formed HELP - Helping Endangered Leadbeater's Possums - to rejuvenate the possum's natural habitat and to raise awareness of its demise. The possum, Victoria's faunal emblem, is critically endangered since Black Saturday's fires destroyed 43per cent of its natural habitat. About 1000 Leadbeater's possums are left in three known ...

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Hello possums, help’s on the way

Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Gazette; Star News Group FOUR Beaconhills College students are heading overseas to promote their campaign to save Victoria's endangered animal emblem, the Leadbeater's Possum. Emerald twins Ellie and Mollie Travica, Kallista's Elly Robertson and Emma Falkenberg, of Berwick, were recently named grand champions in the 2009 Macquarie Bank Future Problem Solving competition. They have now been invited to the US to compete on the international stage. But Emma Falconberg couldn't go, which led the girls to finding a new teammate. And now Berwic...

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Positive possum tale in the hills

FREE PRESS LEADER ARTICLE A GROUP of hills teenagers are taking their fight to save the leadbeater's possum global. Kallista's Elly Robertson, Berwick's Emma Falkenberg, and Emerald's Ellie and Mollie Travica, have formed a group called HELP - Helping the Endangered Leadbeater's Possum. The group has spent the past couple of months campaigning and raising money to support the declining leadbeater's possum population's fight for survival. The possums were badly affected by February's bushfires, which destroyed more than 75 per cent of their habitat in their ...

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