The City of Kalamunda has been recognised for its engagement with young people on climate change, taking out a 2018 Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Award
Deputy Mayor Dylan O’Connor said, “It’s an honour to receive this award and to be recognised amongst the local government industry. The environment is a key priority for the City and our community, both young and old.”
“We’ve been undertaking a lot of work in this space, particularly with our youth, to help raise awareness about reducing environmental impact. We’re looking forward to continuing our work in this area.”
Consultation for City of Kalamunda’s 2017-2022 Youth Plan revealed that local young people have a keen passion and interest for the environment. This data has driven the City’s approach to youth engagement and has seen the development of key initiatives such as the 2018 Youth Eco-Festival.
Launched during Youth Week, the Festival provided young people and their families the opportunity to take part in a fun, inclusive community event where they were able to learn about their impact on the environment and ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
Pedal-powered “Bin-no-no” smoothies, a pop-up cinema with eco-themed clips, a recycle right station and competition to upcycle old t-shirts were major hits, drawing over 500 young people and their families to the festival.
Deputy Mayor Dylan O’Connor hailed the event a major success.
“It was fantastic to see such a great turn out and our message that small changes can make a big difference being driven home. Credit must go to the group of ten local youths who were involved in helping to run and deliver the event.”
The Eco-Festival was the key driver behind the City’s success in taking out this year’s award.
Find out more about the City of Kalamunda’s youth engagement and programs here or contact the City’s youth team via firstname.lastname@example.org or 9257 9999.