HUNDREDS of children from 11 primary schools in the Hills illustrated their ideas on how best to protect their local rivers, wetlands and lakes.
The Mundaring Environmental Art Project attracted more than 450 designs this year, all on display at Mundaring Arts Centre until Sunday, September 25.
Lower primary children reflected on what contributes to a healthy environment and explored the contribution of aquatic life including frogs, fish, plants and birds.
Upper primary students selected a particular waterway, investigated the necessary ele- ments for a healthy ecosystem and included at least one environmental threat.
Wetland protection is essential to provide food, refuge and nesting for aquatic creatures.
Of the 454 designs, 16 students will reproduce their artwork, repainted on to large-scale banners for display in the heart of Mundaring.
The children’s exhibition is free to visit at Mundaring Arts Centre.
Also part of the display is a native water rat called a Moyitj, a fresh water inhabitant of Perth and the South-West Region in decline in WA.
The creatures are falling victim to illegal traps used in marron and crab fishing.