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Parks and Wildlife educational comic wins award

Marine park ranger Justin Ettridge, district interpretation officer Claudia Simpson, marine park coordinator Shaun Ossinger with the award.
Marine park ranger Justin Ettridge, district interpretation officer Claudia Simpson, marine park coordinator Shaun Ossinger with the award. Parks and Wildlife

A Department of Parks and Wildlife educational comic strip about a fish named Bazza has won a prestigious national interpretation award.

Bazza's Fish Tales took out the Gold Award in the 2014 Interpretation Australia Awards for Excellence in the ‘project under $30,000’ category.

The weekly newspaper comic is produced and compiled by staff at the Parks and Wildlife Frankland district office in Walpole to promote understanding and appreciation of the marine environment, particularly the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park.

District interpretation officer Claudia Simpson, who draws the comic, said the award recognised the innovative way in which Bazza's Fish Tales educated and built a relationship with readers.

“Bazza is a bream exploring the inlet system, encountering local issues and interesting characters, which provides endless opportunities to inform people about the marine environment in a fun way,” Ms Simpson said.

“The comic has proven to be an effective and upbeat way of creating environmental awareness within the local community.

“The Bazza character resonates with children and adults alike.”

Ms Simpson said the Bazza's Fish Tales team, which includes marine park coordinator Shaun Ossinger and marine park ranger Justin Ettridge, were passionate about their role in community education.

“The Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park is a place of stunning natural beauty, pristine waters and unique flora and fauna and we want to share that with people,” Ms Simpson said.

“The comic is an integral part of a multi-level approach to community education, which also includes delivering hands-on education programs.”

Bazza's Fish Tales appears in newspapers in Walpole, Albany, Denmark, Hopetoun, Bremer Bay and Pemberton.

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