Stu­dents cel­e­brate NSW Lo­cal Govern­ment Week

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Stu­dents from across the Fed­er­a­tion re­gion at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion event to be con­grat­u­lated by Mayor Pat Bourke, and fel­low coun­cil­lors for their in­volve­ment in the NSW Lo­cal Govern­ment Week com­pe­ti­tion and en­joy a bar­beque lunch.

Mayor Bourke said this year’s theme The Power of Com­mu­nity, pro­vided a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to ex­plore all the ways that coun­cil is part of our com­mu­nity.

“Lo­cal Govern­ment Week 2018 is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to high­light the im­por­tant ser­vices that coun­cils pro­vide to their com­mu­ni­ties,” Mayor Bourke said.

“Lo­cal govern­ment is at the heart of our com­mu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing the ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture that help make a neigh­bour­hood a home to res­i­dents and ratepay­ers. Coun­cil is about a lot more than the three Rs: Roads, Rates and Rub­bish and this year’s theme ‘The Power of Com­mu­nity’ re­ally cap­tured the breadth of ser­vices, roles, and du­ties that lo­cal coun­cils per­form in 2018. As the third tier of govern­ment in Aus­tralia, lo­cal govern­ment is the one that has most di­rect con­tact with ratepay­ers and res­i­dents, and the one that pro­vides the vi­tal ser­vices that keep our com­mu­ni­ties, vil­lages, and towns, thriv­ing.”

This year, coun­cil con­ducted a com­pe­ti­tion for all pri­mary and preschool stu­dents in the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area.

The Pre-school com­pe­ti­tion in­volved: Theme: Big Things Small Hands Do - De­sign an art­work that shows even a small per­son can make a big dif­fer­ence in the lives of their friends, fam­ily, and com­mu­nity. Stu­dents can use any type of me­dia such as draw­ing, paint­ing, sculp­ture or clay, work­ing with pa­per and print­mak­ing.

The pri­mary school com­pe­ti­tion was judged in two sec­tions:

Theme: Look Where We Live (Ju­nior Stu­dents - Kin­der to Year 3) - create a pic­ture and write a short story that de­scribes the dif­fer­ent parts that form your com­mu­nity and the dif­fer­ent roles peo­ple play to make a com­mu­nity strong.

Theme: It Takes a Vil­lage (Se­nior stu­dents - Year 4 to Year 6) are in­vited to sub­mit a cre­ative writ­ing piece that in­cludes the words ‘It takes a vil­lage.’ If you were the Mayor for the day what would you do to make a dif­fer­ence in your com­mu­nity and how would you in­spire your com­mu­nity to come to­gether and work on the project.

Com­pe­ti­tion School Win­ners:

Pre-School: Chloe Nixon - Mo­bile Pre School Urana.

Kin­der: Amelia Frazer – Mul­wala Pub­lic School, Mitch Pumpa – How­long Pub­lic School, Melissa Smith – Urana Pub­lic School, Phillippa Coghill – St Fran­cis Xavier Urana.

Se­nior: Ashka Dwyer-Craft – How­long Pub­lic School, Elise Jayne Nixon – Oak­lands Cen­tral School, David Smith – Urana Pub­lic School Gabriella Coghill – St Fran­cis Xavier Urana.

Over­all Win­ners:

Pre-School: Ni­cholas Kerr - Mo­bile Preschool Urana.

Kin­der: Amelia Frazer – Mul­wala Pub­lic School.

Elise Jayne Nixon – Oak­lands Cen­tral School.

All stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated were pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate and win­ners of the cat­e­gories were pre­sented with in­di­vid­ual prizes.

Coun­cil would like to thank the Urana Bowls Club vol­un­teers for cater­ing for the event.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s youngest res­i­dents gath­ered at Vic­to­ria Park in Urana on Thurs­day, Au­gust 16 to cel­e­brate NSW Lo­cal Govern­ment Week.

School stu­dents cel­e­brated lo­cal govern­ment week re­cently, learn­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what con­tri­bu­tions coun­cil makes to the com­mu­nity.

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