Students celebrate NSW Local Government Week
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.
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.