LOCAL SCHOOL WINS PRIZES IN CONSUMER CHALLENGE

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today congratulated Year 9 students Chelsie Mepstead and Mollie Wilson of Mount Saint Patrick College, Murwillumbah after being awarded a highly commended in the 2012 Money Stuff Challenge at a ceremony in Sydney today.

NSW Fair Trading Minister, Anthony Roberts, made the announcement at a Youth Forum in Sydney organised by NSW Fair Trading.

The students’ outstanding entry consisted of a clever video in a cartoon format about misleading advertising and unsolicited goods.

Mr Roberts said the entry was highly commended because it delivers relevant and important consumer information to a youth audience in a way that appeals to young people.

“This is a great entry, delivering important messages in a simple and effective way,” Mr Roberts said.

“It talks about real consumer issues and proposes solutions.”

The Money Stuff Challenge is an annual competition run by NSW Fair Trading. It is open to all high school students in NSW and this year the pool of prizes was up to $16,000.

“Chelsie Mepstead and Mollie Wilson were highly commended in the NSW Regional Years 8-10 category. They each received $100 for themselves and $1,000 for their school,” Mr George said.

The Money Stuff Challenge is based on the award-winning educational resource Money Stuff, which helps teachers educate young people about their consumer rights.

“The competition is a great way for young people to learn about their consumer rights and how to protect themselves,” Mr George said.

“It allows young people to focus on consumer topics by being creative and using their own initiative in developing their entries.”

For more information about Money Stuff visit www.moneystuff.net.au or the NSW Fair Trading website at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577