TEENS IN THE BOX SEAT AT PARK

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

YOUNG­STERS at Mt Druitt Learn­ing Ground have de­signed and cre­ated some in­no­va­tive fur­ni­ture in a bid to keep them busy and spruce up Bid­will Re­serve.

Project man­ager Deb­bie Hig­gisonBradley said the 10-week work­shop was part of the Youth Ac­tiv­i­ties Pro­gram.

“The kids are reach­ing out for some­thing to do, es­pe­cially kids be­tween the ages of 10 and 17,” Ms Hig­gisonBradley said.

“They’re just hang­ing around but they wanted to ac­tu­ally do some­thing.”

Ar­chi­tect Kate Fer­gu­son has over­seen the fur­ni­ture de­sign and guided a team of 17 en­thu­si­as­tic teenagers in ma­te­rial choice as well as pro­vid­ing gen­eral de­sign guid­ance.

Ms Hig­gi­son-Bradley said Learn­ing Ground had held a va­ri­ety of pro­grams dur­ing the year.

“In this pro­gram they are learn­ing to cre­ate and de­sign fur­ni­ture into a ‘chill space’ where chil­dren can hang around – near the new bas­ket­ball court that has been built in the re­serve,” she said.

“They had to de­cide where they wanted it and what it was to be made out of. It's teach­ing them to also take own­er­ship of their project and of the re­serve.”

Other pro­grams this year have in­cluded an­i­ma­tion, sto­ry­telling and pho­tog­ra­phy.

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Ekko Egen­ton-Wal­lace, 10, Corey Har­g­reaves, 11, and Caleb Pol­lock, 14, at Bid­will Square, with some of the in­no­va­tive fur­ni­ture they are mak­ing at Learn­ing Ground to spruce up Bidw Bid­will Re­serve.

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