Published on: 27 August 2020

Congratulations to Luke Annear (Yr 9) and Eduardo Caceres-Sandoval (Yr 10) who recently won the WA Young Geographer of the Year award for their year groups. They were presented with their awards and a $250 cash prize on Friday 14 August at the WA Geography Teachers Conference.

Luke’s entry investigated the issue of weeds in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia and the increasing use of new technology called “weed seed destructors” to manage their spread.

Eduardo’s research focused on the management of coastal erosion at Port Beach in Western Australia and evaluated possible solutions for the local government.

Rick McMahon, of the Geographical Association of Western Australia, said both Luke and Eduardo showed “a deep and detailed understanding of geographical issues facing WA” and both students exhibited “outstanding ability in terms of their research and communication of their findings”.

Luke said: “It was a huge surprise to actually win the award” and Eduardo commented that it was “a big honour to be recognised for the work which went into the research”.