KIC Youth Arts Awards

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KIC in con­junc­tion with Fre­man­tle Ports re­cently held its an­nual KIC Youth Arts Awards which show­cased art works cre­ated by stu­dents from within the Ed­u­ca­tion Part­ner­ship high schools. The Ex­hi­bi­tion has been run­ning for 21 years and to date al­most 2000 art­works from lo­cal stu­dents have been ex­hib­ited. The 17 high schools part­ner­ing with KIC were in­vited to en­ter their stu­dent’s best art pieces into an ex­hi­bi­tion style set­ting lo­cated in the Gary Hol­land Cen­tre. There were sev­eral judged cat­e­gories in­clud­ing vis­ual art, dig­i­tal me­dia, pho­tog­ra­phy, metal and wood­work, tex­tiles, ce­ram­ics and sculp­ture. This year we re­ceived 90 en­tries from nine schools. The win­ner of the cat­e­gory; Fab­ric, fash­ion and ac­ces­sories was Te­nae Man­fredi from Kolbe Catholic Col­lege. “The KIC Art Awards is just one of the many ways that in­dus­try works with young peo­ple to help en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of the tal­ents of our lo­cal youth to re­alise their po­ten­tial, which is key as we will be re­ly­ing on them in the fu­ture to pro­vide the lifeblood which keeps our busi­ness and our com­mu­ni­ties healthy.” Chris Oughton.

Should our Do­mes­tic Gas stay here?

At a re­cent busi­ness func­tion, Fed­eral Se­na­tor Mathius Cor­man was asked for his views on the idea of send­ing part of WA’s do­mes­ti­cally re­served gas over to the East Coast of Aus­tralia. On the sur­face, his an­swer re­flected the dy­nam­ics of an open com­pet­i­tive mar­ket. He said that if there was a will­ing seller and buyer then he saw no rea­son for a project to not be de­vel­oped. This is ba­sic eco­nomics, but there is an al­ter­na­tive view to this. Given that WA’s do­mes­tic gas re­serves are fi­nite, would it not be bet­ter to keep the gas here for the use of WA’s in­dus­trial sec­tor so it can grow and be able to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally? The east­ern states have shown a re­luc­tance to de­velop their own gas pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, so one might ask, why should WA fill their vol­un­tary deficit? This is a good ques­tion. One can see that if there is less gas avail­able to ex­ist­ing in­dus­try here in WA, then the price will go up in re­sponse to de­mand be­ing higher than sup­ply, and again that is ba­sic eco­nomics. Com­pet­i­tively-priced gas with long term con­tracts avail­able, and a sta­ble en­ergy mar­ket are all es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents for WA’s in­dus­trial sec­tor. It is our in­dus­trial sec­tor that has the room to grow and de­velop within the Western Trade Coast, to em­ploy thou­sands of new em­ploy­ees as in­ter­na­tional in­dus­trial play­ers are at­tracted to set up close to Premier McGowan’s new port in Kwinana. Un­sta­ble and pricey gas sup­ply will work against this hap­pen­ing. Don’t we owe it to our chil­dren and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to con­sume our fi­nite do­mes­tic gas re­serves wisely, and for the long-term bet­ter­ment of WA?

KIC’s new Pres­i­dent, Al­bert Ro­mano (Wes­farm­ers CSBP) with over­all Awards evening win­ner Te­nae Man­fredi from Kolbe Catholic Col­lege, and KIC Di­rec­tor Chris Oughton

KIC Pres­i­dent’s Award win­ner was Rosie Blackburn from Tranby Col­lege for her art­work.

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