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Katandra West children awarded for future vision
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Michael Polan presented awards to children at Katandra West Primary School and Katandra West Children’s Centre today for their contributions to an art exhibition held in August.
The exhibition was held by the Katandra West Community Plan Committee, as a way of hearing young people's ideas for the future of the town and surrounding district.
Cr Polan congratulated the children of Katandra West for their optimistic outlook on their community after presenting them with their prize of book vouchers.
"Children were invited to provide paintings, photographs, 3-D works, collages, movie clips - basically whatever medium allowed them to describe ‘My vision for Katandra West in the future'," Cr Polan said.
"The works they submitted showed a great enthusiasm for life, for open spaces, and the opportunity for play and community participation," he said. "The exhibition and the free BBQ that accompanied it was a great initiative, encouraging the community to come together and celebrate their town and build a vision of how they want it to be in the future."
"As part of the Katandra West Community Plan, we wanted to hear from young people about their ideas," said Jillian Beecroft, member of the Community Plan Committee. "We decided to hold an art exhibition of works by young people relating to the theme."
"The exhibition was very well supported by the community," Ms Beecroft said. "The submissions from the children were of a high quality and are a really important part of the community feedback we've been seeking as we set our priorities for our Community Plan."
Presentations will be made to Katandra West Primary School and the Katandra Early Childhood Centre as well as some individual children's awards.
Community Plans are part of an allocation of $550,000 in Greater Shepparton City Council's 2012-2013 Budget, and the funds are used to support implementation of activities identified in endorsed Community Plans across the municipality. The funding is allocated to deliver community initiatives and other capacity building projects in partnership with local communities.
The Katandra West Community Plan Committee will invite all of the community to feedback to the Draft Community Plan when it begins its 3 week feedback phase.
- Released 12 September 2012