Students Encouraged to Get on Board with Buy Smart

06/03/2013

State Members for Pine Rivers and Kallangur are calling on local kids to get creative and submit an entry in the Queensland Government's 2013 Buy Smart competition for a chance to win $1,500 for their school.

The annual competition for students in Years 4 to 12 invites them to research a consumer issue and present it to their peers in the most creative way possible.

"Last year we saw rap songs, posters and drama presentations submitted as part of the competition, so we are expecting big things this year," Mr Seath Holswich said.

"This competition is a great way for kids to learn about the marketplace, while also giving them creative freedom to have a bit of fun with their friends expressing what they have learnt."

"Schools and parents should also get on board and encourage their children to participate because there are really valuable lessons to be learnt," Mr Trevor Ruthenberg added.

Cash prizes totalling over $11,000 are up for grabs in the competition's three categories: years 4-6, years 7-9, and years 10-12:
• First prize - $500 for the entrant, $1,500 for the school or organisation
• Second prize - $200 for the entrant, $800 for the school or organisation
• Third prize - $150 for the entrant, $500 for the school or organisation

Students can enter individually or in groups of up to six through their school, community group, or other organisation.

"It would be great to see some prizes go to Kallangur or Pine Rivers students, but obviously the most important thing is taking part and helping get that message across," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"We had 881 participants across the state last year and it would be great to reach the 1,000 mark in 2013."

For more information on the Buy Smart Competition and to obtain an entry kit, visit http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/ or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).