AMAZING RACE TO IDENTIFY YOUTH ISSUES IN GOOMALLING
Shire of Goomalling received $10,000 through the Department of Local Government and Communities Youth Friendly Communities Program to develop a youth plan/strategy. Council is hosting three (3) events designed by #Goomasquad (youth reference group) and coordinated by Council to attract young people and survey them on issues and barriers they’re facing living in Goomalling.
The consultation will give Council an insight in the lives of our local youth in order to develop a strategy to create a more youth friendly community, in particular addressing the following themes:
- Education, training and employment
- Community support and health services
- Leisure, recreation and social life
- Transport and housing
- Public spaces, buildings and natural environments
- Communication and information
- Civic participation and volunteering
- Respect and inclusion.
Saturday 20 August we held the first event, the Amazing Race where twenty one (21) young people participated in a competition on foot around Goomalling to complete various mental and physical challenges, they had to work in a team environment and push passed mental, physical and emotional boundaries. Congratulations to all the participants who completed the race in good spirit and the following aware winners:
1st Kaiden Anderson, Connor O’Garr, Zak and Jackson Bohling
2nd Kobe Haywood and Zac Klimaitis
Encouragement Award: Davie and Stefan Buitendijk
Best Dressed: Reine Perrin and Beth Clark
Jakob Boase was awarded for his aptitude in the spelling challenge, being the only participant to spell all five (5) words correctly.
Thank you to the volunteer marshals who enjoyed the comedy of youth in peril with inflatable nightmares, foul tastes and brain scramblers.
Council would like to formally acknowledge the following businesses and community groups that supported the event by provide use of their facilities WA Country Chemist, Go Café, Goomalling CRC, Slater Homestead Group, Mortlock Pony Club, Goomalling Go-Kart Club and Goomalling Wado Ryu Karate.
Additional thanks to WA Country Chemist for sponsoring the prizes, Go Café for sponsoring challenges and Slate Homestead Group for catering.
“The event required a significant investment of time and effort to deliver a fun filled day for our young people, supported by the whole office staff. We’re extremely fortunate to have passionate people working for the Shire” said Clem Kerp, Chief Executive Officer