Students. Tasmanian students are being encouraged to name Australia’s new icebreaker vessel for a chance to win a trip to Antarctica.
Chair of the Parliamentary Antarctic Alliance, Liberal Senator for Tasmania Stephen Parry, said up to 12 students and four teachers from across Australia will fly to Antarctica for a day.
“The students would become the first children to set foot on the icy continent as part of the Australian Antarctic Programme,” Senator Parry said.
“Tasmania has such a strong connection to Antarctica, being the gateway to the region, so it would be especially fitting if local students were to enter the competition.
“The students will fly from Hobart to Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome where they will meet Antarctic scientists, as well as expeditioners living and working at nearby Casey research station.”
The Name our Icebreaker competition has two categories: primary years five and six and secondary years seven and eight, with classes able to enter their suggested name in a written or video format.
The competition gives young Australians the opportunity to name the sophisticated new Antarctic resupply and research vessel which will shape the future of Australia’s Antarctic Programme.
The federal government has committed to a $1.9 billion package under the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan to cover the design, build and 30 year operational and maintenance lifespan of the icebreaker, representing the single biggest investment in the history of Australia’s Antarctic Programme.
The icebreaker will be more than 156 metres long and accommodate 116 expeditioners. It will be equipped with an array of cutting edge scientific equipment including a moon pool, multi-beam bathymetric echo sounders, hydrophones and underwater cameras.
The competition closes on Friday June 9. The winning entry will be publicly announced in September, with the prize flight taking place in November this year.
For more information visit www.classroom.antarctica.gov.au/icebreaker.