Students encouraged to enter Buy Smart Competition

12 Jun 2012 3:36 PMJann Stuckey

12th June 2012

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, is encouraging young people in the Currumbin Electorate to get involved in the Office of Fair Trading’s Buy Smart Competition 2012 to gain important consumer and financial literacy skills.

“The Buy Smart Competition is a wonderful opportunity for young people to develop vital consumer awareness skills and gain a fundamental understanding of money,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I strongly encourage local schools and students to get behind this program as young people are becoming more involved in the marketplace and exposed to consumer issues from a younger age.

“Competitions such as these provide a practical opportunity for students to develop their own understanding of money and the importance it plays in their everyday lives.

“To enter the competition students must identify and research a consumer issue such as mobile phones, budgeting or buying a car and then present it to the target audience of their choice.

“There is a great incentive for young people to get involved in this competition with  cash prizes of up to $500 for the students and $1500 for their school awarded in three categories for years 4-6, years 7-9 and years 10-12.

“Last year we were lucky enough to have the winner of the Year 10 – 12 category, Nakita Taurima, come from Palm Beach Currumbin State School and I hope that this year we will see more young people from our schools participate in the competition.

“Given the nature of the world we live in, it is vital that students develop smart consumer skills from an early age and I strongly encourage the community to get behind this competition.

“The program is open to all Queensland students in years 4 – 12 with entries closing on Friday 21 September 2012.

For more information on the competition and for details on how to enter visit http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/buy-smart-competition.htm.

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