GETTING grubby and learning about sustainable living is what dirtgirlworld is all about.

However, the Whiporie couple behind the kids program taking Europe and the United States by storm, Cate McQuillen and Hewey Eustace, will have to scrub up for the 2010 TV Week Logie Awards in May.

Their brainchild dirtgirlworld has been nominated for a Logie in the Outstanding Children’s Program category alongside Nickelodeon’s Camp Orange: The Final Frontier, Nine’s Hi-5, ABC’s My Place and Channel Ten’s The Elephant Princess.

“Hewey and I were genuinely surprised when we heard the news,” Cate said.

“When we look at all of the great shows that haven’t received a nomination, we feel pretty lucky. We were the only animation nominated as well, which is pretty amazing.

“It is not just our nomination though. It’s a Logie nomination for everyone in the team from the Green Thumbs at Wooli Public School to Michael Balk and Maree Lowes (voices of the main characters scrapboy and dirtgirl). Just being nominated for a Logie means that our whole team has received so much recognition for their creativity and commitment to the project”

The awards night will take place on May 2, and Cate is thankful because in the next month, she has to figure out what to wear.

“We were thinking of going op-shop shopping with $15 each to find something swanky to wear. The show is all about recycling after all,” Cate said with a giggle.

“Anything that requires heels is definitely out though.”

The couple is still based in Whiporie and loves being able to work on the show and remain in the Clarence Valley.

“I am the first to admit that without high speed internet and programs like Skype and Screen Share we wouldn’t be standing where we are now. However, those things allow us to stay at home and give us space to think which I am really appreciative for,” Cate said.


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