Thursday, 2 April 2015

Dingo poster plan misfires

We love this clipping in Berenice’s records from the Western Australian newspaper, Daily News, from 18th July 1983 titled DINGO POSTER PLAN MISFIRES by Rebecca le Tourncau

A campaign to educate school children about the dingo problem has back fired.

Recently the Agriculture Protection Board held a competition asking children from metropolitan schools to create posters out lining the problem.

"But the response we got was overwhelmingly in support of the dingo, “said the board's extensions officer Mr Von Chantler.

We thought we got the message across to the children that dingo control is necessary. But the poster response shows us that a lot more work is needed."

The winning poster was created by Nina Alitalo (12)  of  Coolbinia Primary.

Nina painted a farmer standing over a dingo. He was brandishing an axe dripping with blood.

The accompanying slogan read-"Dingoes aren't always to blame. THINK! your dog may have killed the game."

Other  posters which gained consolation or class prizes said "Stop dingoes being exterminated" and "Dingoes - friend foe? Ask a Sheep.

The West Australian of the same date also printed the story under the headline DINGOES FIND CHAMPIONS adding: The dingo – long branded a sheep killer - has found champions in many of the schoolchildren who took part in an Agriculture Protection Board poster competition.

Some of the 900 entrants from 35 Perth metropolitan area primary schools submitted posters sympathetic to what one student called a unique Australian.

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