Two, metre-high blank koala sculptures, donated by Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, were waiting on stage at Panthers last week as Koala Smart judging wrapped up.
The quality of entries drove some lengthy discussions amongst the judges and, at the end of the day, it came down to the scores.
The Primary School recipient of the large koala sculpture was North Haven Public School for “Thinking Outside the Box” and coming up with a raft of ideas for improving public awareness including a “hero Koala” to feature in a TV show designed to educate children about koalas and the environment in general.
The Secondary School koala sculpture was awarded to Kempsey Adventist Secondary for their Koala 000 phone app which the students are keen to see developed and adopted. Dr Montague-Drake said “this fantastic app will alert the Koala Hospital in real time to koalas requiring assistance. The NSW Government are working on similar ideas at the State level, but we are keen to see the integration between the ideas here and we are all very excited. Well done KAS!”.