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Youth Recognition Award nominations open

by Adam Blom for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

The Wattle Range Council district has long been home to many talented, passionate and skilful young people who want to make a positive difference in their communities.

 And now, as part of the National Youth Week 2016, the Wattle Range Council has opened their Youth Recognition Award for nominations.

  Wattle Range Council Community Development Officer Sarah Marzec said the council recognises the important and valuable contribution youth make to the community.

“To acknowledge this contribution we invite youth from 12-18 years to nominate and be a part of the awards process,” Sarah said.

 “The awards are designed for young people to be nominated by their families, friends, parents, youth workers, teachers, counsellors, employers and other members of the local community or they can self-nominate for the awards.”

 The presentation night will cover five categories:

 Contributions to the community/Community Involvement Award

This award recognises an individual who has made a positive contribution to the community, has volunteered their time to help others and/or is an active member of the community (such as volunteering with community groups or their school).

 Helping out family and/or friends

Recognising an individual has assisted tirelessly a family or friend in need.

 Learning Success (Continual Improvement)

Recognises an individual who works to continually improve themselves or assists others in learning outcomes.

 Employment achievement (e.g. new initiative, facing a job/ training challenge)

Recognises an individual who has used innovation and ideas that have been recognised by peers.

 Overcoming challenging life situation award

Recognises an individual who has turned a negative situation into a positive. They have had the courage to get through a bad situation and show great resilience and determination. This person is someone who inspires others.

 A presentation night will be held at 6-8pm on Monday, April 11 in the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre and prizes on the night include a certificate and a monitory award for each category winner, as well as promotional bag.

 The nomination forms can be completed online at the council’s website.

New Play Spaces Unveiled

The Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre has been working hard to transform and upgrade the outdoor play areas. The Centre recently opened its new Koala Room sand play space dedicated to former educator Jane Rapp. Jane was a much loved member of the Centres staff and was admired for her inspiring work with the children she cared for. When Jane lost her battle to cancer her family made a generous donation to the Centre in her memory.
Fittingly, this donation was used to rejuvenate the sandpit and surrounds in the Koala Room for children aged 0‐2, an area where Jane spent many hours, singing, laughing and exploring with
the children. In an opening ceremony attended by her family, friends and past colleagues, as well as present staff, Jane was remembered fondly and her contribution to the Centre celebrated.
This opening complimented the recent unveiling of a brand new fort style structure in the Emu Room yard. Replacing the ageing ‘pirate ship’ removed from the yard the new structure has been very popular with the children, creating a vibrant area to climb, play and create on.
With the assistance of Council’s Engineering department and builder Daniel Clarke a design was developed. The structure was constructed by local builders Damon Randall and David Hunt, and the Centre staff and parent volunteers assisted with painting. The Parent Committee funded the materials and labour for the project through many hours of fundraising and Kimberley Clark
Australia generously donated the slide. In line with the Centres focus on environmental sustainability, a rainwater tank has been installed alongside the structure for children’s water play and to water the garden.

The upgrade of both areas has vastly improved the overall function and amenity of the outdoor play spaces at the Centre and will be enjoyed by the children for many years to come.


Annual World Day of Remembrance Ceremony for Road Crash Victim’s

by Di Egan for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

The Wattle Range Road Safety Group extend an invitation to you and your friends & family to attend our Annual World Day of Remembrance Ceremony for Road Crash Victim’s on Sunday November 15th 2015 at 2.00pm. This will be held at the Memorial situated at Centennial Park, Millicent (next to Visitor Information Centre).

This year is the 20th Anniversary World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims worldwide.
It is held annually on the 3rd Sunday of November, as a means to give recognition to victims of road crashes and the plight of their loved ones who must cope with the emotional and practical consequences of these events. It also acknowledges the work of all those involved in the aftermath of road crashes
Police, CFS, SES, Ambulance personnel, doctors, nurses, counselors and others who experience the trauma of road crashes as part of the working lives.

This year we will have speakers who have survived road trauma. We will hear of the impact it has had on their lives and will continue to have, now and in the future.

This is an opportunity to make this a community day of remembrance for all those who are affected by Road Crashes. Everyone will have the opportunity to light a candle and/or place a
flower in remembrance of loved ones and we hope that you will join with us for refreshments after the ceremony. If possible, please bring a chair.

Your presence would be very welcomed.