DOWN THE LINE: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection heritage manager Mary Burns with the Education Queensland National Building design-a-webpage competition winner, Year 7 student Hayley Schnitzerling, and senior environmental officer Wayne Pellow.
DOWN THE LINE: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection heritage manager Mary Burns with the Education Queensland National Building design-a-webpage competition winner, Year 7 student Hayley Schnitzerling, and senior environmental officer Wayne Pellow. Emma Boughen

Webpage contest winner has a special family link

COINCIDENCE would be an understatement in describing Hayley Schnitzerling's win in Education Queensland's National Building-inspired webpage design competition.

Unbeknown to the judges, Hayley's great-great-grandfather provided the bricks for the 150-year-old building, which the students used as inspiration for their webpage designs.

Hayley's entry will eventually be displayed as Education Queensland's next home page.

Warwick Brickworks, which Hayley's family started in 1853, is to this day owned and operated by her grandfather Andrew snr, her father Andrew jnr and uncle Wayne, while her mum Melissa and grandmother work in the office.

"It's important because I've been here nine years, and dad came here (Warwick East State School). Our first relatives here on record were Pearl and Beryl," Hayley said.

Senior environmental officer Mark Pellow, who was himself born in Warwick, said the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's goal was to devise a management plan for the future development of the building.

"The best way to maintain a building is to keep using it, so it's about consulting with the school community about the best ways to make the building functional and still keep it original," he said.

Sweetening Hayley's win, yesterday was also her 13th birthday.



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