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Narooma 10-year-old wins national art awards

Olivia Dudley Narooma Painting 2 CRED ACF

A 10-year-old from Narooma has won two national awards for her painting of a koala, titled 'Hope and Joy'.

Narooma Public School's Olivia Dudley has taken home the Best Regional Artist Award and the People's Choice Award, in the Australian Conservation Foundations Wild at Art competition.

Assistant Principal at Narooma Public School, Henry George, said the school are delighted by the news.

"It's obviously a very prestigious award, she's an exceptional artist and we're very proud to hear she's been recognised with this achievment," Mr George said.

"I'd love to put it down to some of the contributions of our staff, we have some wonderful art teachers but I know that Olivia's family have also suported her, and I'm sure it's part of a lifetime of love of art for Olivia," he said.

Olivia Dudley Narooma Painting 10 CRED ACF

"I am lucky enough to have an Oliver Dudley original on my wall that she made for me when I was her class teacher."

We've just seen her grow as an artist during our time and she's got a very bright future."

More than 3000 artists aged 5 and 12, picked up their pencils and paint brushes to help raise awareness of Australia's threatened species.

The competition was narrowed down to 70 finalists with Olivia taking out two of the top prizes.

Olivia described her painting outlining that koalas natural habitat was destroyed which forced them into residential areas.

"This amazing animals are being hit by cars and attacked by family pets," Olivia said.

"I chose the koala as I was devastated when the bushfires were rampaging through our small coastal area on the far south coast of NSW."

"All I could think about was what was happening to the creatures not only in our area but Australia wide."

"We have so many wonderful animals in our country who are under threat. I painted an infant koala with a Helmeted honey eater which is also on our endangered list."

"I hope my painting portrays the sadness the koala is sharing with the helmeted honey eater, and the hope they share in new life and education of people to help save them."

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