The City of Kalamunda was awarded the winner of two categories in the 2017 Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Report Card Project, presented on 8 December 2017 at the Bendat Centre in Wembley.
Mayor John Giardina said “At the City of Kalamunda we recognise the importance of involving our young people in our community. We have worked hard to empower our youth to be more involved through the development and delivery of our Youth Plan 2017–2022.
“It is fantastic to see the City recognised for its work in these areas. We are committed to being a community that listens to, engages with and involves our young people in decision making”.
The first award was in the category for Children’s Consultation, for the City’s outstanding efforts in delivering consultation in developing the Youth Plan 2017–2022. The youth consultation involved over 600 people, which included two online surveys (for under 25 year olds and over 25 year olds) as well as face-to-face engagement with young people, residents and other stakeholders at a wide range of community events.
The second award was in the category for Climate Change, from the City’s Commemoration Tree Planting event, along with the Railway Heritage Trail” Education Support Project, in partnership with Kalamunda Senior High school. As part of the project, 28 students completing their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award undertook a variety of environmental conservation tasks such as planting, weeding, rubbish collection and tracking native animals.
In addition to winning the two awards, the City was commended for being one of two local governments to submit an application each year since the report card project started in 2011. The City has won many categories over the years including: Children’s Health & Development 2016, Shade and Public Places 2015, Healthy Eating 2014 and Outdoor Air Quality 2012.
The Report Card Project is an initiative by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) which targets the local government sector to drive and promote positive change and healthy opportunities in childhood, as well as delivering community benefits through community consultation and awareness.
For more information on the Awards and winners for 2017, visit the PHAIWA website.