Blocks pro­vide in­sight into cap­i­tal city

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An in­ter­ac­tive Lego ex­hi­bi­tion which asks chil­dren what they would like to see in their Aus­tralian cap­i­tal city has opened at the Kar­ratha public li­brary.

The Brick By Brick ex­hi­bi­tion, an ed­u­ca­tional project by the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Author­ity, has come to Kar­ratha as part of its west coast tour to teach school­child­ren more about Can­berra and get their in­sights on how it could be im­proved.

NCA education and out­reach co-or­di­na­tor Roslyn Hull said it was im­por­tant for all Aus­tralian chil­dren to know the main fea­tures of their cap­i­tal city and have a sense of own­er­ship of it.

“We are al­ways look­ing for some new or more in­no­va­tive way to tell the story of Can­berra and to let peo­ple know what’s in Can­berra, why it’s there, be­cause Can­berra doesn’t just be­long to the peo­ple who live there, Can­berra be­longs to ev­ery Aus­tralian ci­ti­zen,” she said.

“We have all these amaz­ing build­ings there that hold our records and memories, our trea­sures, and they’re part of the oldest com­pletely planned cap­i­tal city in the world.”

Ms Hull said chil­dren’s sug­ges­tions were gath­ered by the NCA and would be used to in­form de­ci­sions made about the cap­i­tal.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opened last Fri­day with a visit from Year 6 stu­dents from Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School, who will be trav­el­ling to Can­berra for their school camp later in the year.

Du­rack MHR Melissa Price gave a pre­sen­ta­tion and cut a cake spe­cially made for the cer­e­mony and dec­o­rated to look like Lego blocks.

Ms Price said the ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vided a good op­por­tu­nity to teach chil­dren about the Aus­tralian sys­tem of Gov­ern­ment.

“It’s re­ally the heart of our democ­racy, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant that young peo­ple un­der­stand how our sys­tem of democ­racy works and where our Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans go, so there­fore they have a con­nec­tion back to their lo­cal mem­ber,” she said.

Brick By Brick is on at the Kar­ratha Public Li­brary un­til June 25.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Du­rack MHR Melissa Price and Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School Year 6 stu­dents Con­nor Bow, Adam Dun­bar and Mariah Thomas-Bush, all 11, use Lego to de­sign a new bridge for Can­berra.

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