Water for life? Write on!

Elizabeth Seidl from Rous Water presents Modanvilles Johanna Qualmann with her prize for winning the 13-18 year category of the Rous Water and Northern Rivers Echo short story writing competition.

Richmond River High School student Johanna Qualmann believes if people dont start doing something about global warming now, well all be facing a major water crisis in the not too distant future.

The articulate 14-year-old from Modanville was recently named one of the winners of the Rous Water and Northern Rivers Echo short story competition, which asked people to write a story around the theme Water for Life. Johanna won the 13-18 year category, while Elaine Heynatz from Ballina won the 19 and older category and Cassidy Warner from Alstonville Public School won the 12 and under category.

Johanna believes its high time individuals and governments took their head out of the sand and starting acting to reverse the threat of global warming before its too late.

The fate of Australia depends on us doing something now, or well find ourselves in some barren desert where no-one can live, Johanna said. We all need to acknowledge that global warming is real the drought were experiencing in Australia now is just a sign of things to come. Instead of spending money on nuclear power we need to spend money on getting water from where it is to where its needed. We have heaps of water here in the Northern Rivers and instead of hogging it we should be sharing it.

The three judges, Elizabeth Seidl from Rous Water, Echo entertainment writer S Sorrensen and Echo editor Terra Sword, said they were all impressed not only with the creativity and intelligence of the entries, but the range of concepts explored.

We could of given almost every entry an award the standard blew our socks off, said Elizabeth. We were quite surprised, and heartened, but peoples awareness that conserving this precious resource is essential for life on this planet.

Each of the winners received $250 cash for their efforts plus a $250 book voucher.

The winning entries are printed on this page.

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