Soc­cer and ping Lo­cal preschool up­grades on the way pong pur­suits

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

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.

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