Soccer and ping Local preschool upgrades on the way pong pursuits
Federation Youth Council is to continue investigating the option for a soccer field in Corowa and a steel-structured ping pong table at Lowe Square Howlong. Corowa, Mulwala, Howlong and Urana preschools will be receiving upgrades, thanks to a NSW Government initiative aiming to continually improve the environment of preschool services.
Youth Mayor Dylan Forge addressed Federation Council’s monthly meeting on December 18 about the youth council’s progress in 2018 and future aspirations.
Much has been undertaken by the youth council’s six members who also include deputy mayor Olivia Hughes, Tyler Martin, Liam Summons, Noah Little and Caitlyn Moir.
A SWOT analysis on the needs of youth was carried out, forming the basis for all initiatives in their 12-month term.
“The youth councillors have been able to provide invaluable feedback to council over the eight months including feedback on the Community Strategic Plan and retaining youth in the local government area,” Federation Council’s director corporate and community services Kristy Kay said.
“Members represent young people on the Corowa Skate Park Steering Committee and the Corowa Swimming Pool Steering Committee.”
Members ran ‘Flicks in the Sticks’, a drought relief movie night in Oaklands in November and another drought relief movie night is imminent, in Corowa.
The ‘CommUNITY Piano’ is also an initiative of the Youth Council, for people to see each other and come together without prejudice.
“It has seen the group work with local business and the community to secure a piano,” Ms Kay said. “It is being painted by eight Year 10 girls from Corowa High School who are working with local Indigenous artist Iris Troutman.”
The piano will be released into the community as a street piano. Federation Youth Council is seeking local businesses to adopt the piano, which will be on wheels, and become a piano partner.
Councillors showed plenty of interest in what Dylan, and the two other youth members present, Noah and Caitlin, had to say at the full Federation Council meeting, asking questions and seeking additional information.
The Youth Mayor said no significant costs are envisaged with the soccer pursuits, other than possible equipment and insurance. The trio was complimented on their impressive presentation by councillors.
The Youth Council is looking forward to planning an event/activity for Youth Week, which runs from April 10 to 18.
Over $150,000 has been invested in local community preschools in the Albury electorate as part of the NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments program, which will fund improvements to preschool grounds and buildings, as well as specialised educational programs for children.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin said these grants are making a big difference to our local preschools.
“In this round of Quality Learning Environments grants, funds have been allocated for specialised educational programs and practices like art classes, music or dance lessons, along with service enhancements such as playground renovations or new carpet,” Mr Aplin said.
“It is the Liberals and Nationals who are committed to supporting preschools to ensure our littlest learners are getting access to the best quality early childhood education possible.”
Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said these grants have eased some of the pressure off preschools in ensuring children are getting access to top quality early childhood education.
“As a mother myself, I know that often preschools have to rely on fundraising efforts to ensure their service is up-to-scratch physically, and to deliver programs that are more niche,” Ms Mitchell said.
“This funding will ensure all children, whether they are from Burrumbuttock or Bondi, have a positive early childhood education experience and actually really enjoy their time at preschool.”
The preschools were awarded the following amounts:
Federation Council’s Youth Mayor Dylan Forge addresses Federation Council’s December meeting.