KIC Youth Arts Awards
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.