Children want safe places
Conference shows graffiti not welcome and cleaner outdoor play spaces a priority
CHILDREN in the Mt Druitt area want to live in a cleaner and safer community.
This was the message made clear when about 200 students from 10 schools came together at Rooty Hill RSL last Wednesday for the Mt Druitt Child Friendly Community Conference.
Blacktown Council childfriendly community facilita- tor Jesica Varela said the themed event – My Voice, My Place, My Story – was organised to ensure children knew of their importance in the community, and were given a stronger voice.
“We ran workshops that allowed children to express themselves through various modalities,” Ms Varela said.
“There was music, visual arts, meditation and more – it was inspiring and uplift- ing. We were able to really be informed of children’s pers- pectives on what community meant to them and what they really cared about. They want to see a clean Mt Druitt, they don’t want to see tagging and graffiti in parks.
“Children want parks they can play in.”
The Kindergarten to Year 6 students, from schools including Bidwill Public, Tregear Public and St Bishoy Coptic Orthodox College, also said they needed safer places in the community and were sad to see so many homeless people on the streets.
Martial arts champion Andy Trieu was MC of the event and there was a performance by Rap 4 Change.
Ms Varela said the council would collect the data and share it with local services by February. “Following this, council will work on a child-friendly community strategy for the (2770 postcode) area,” he said.
They don’t want to see tagging and graffiti in parks. Children want parks they can play in - Jesica Varela