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Local government rewarded for consulting their children and young people

Congratulations to the City of Kwinana for receiving the 2016 Children’s Consultation Award at the Local Government Children’s Environment and Health Report Card Awards this morning.

This is the second year that my office has sponsored this award and it was my privilege to present the award in person.

The Children’s Consultation Award is a celebration of the continued efforts by local governments to listen to and support our youngest citizens.

Local governments play a fundamental role in shaping our communities and in determining the health and wellbeing of all children and young people.

The City of Kwinana utilises a range of innovative methods to consult with young people from their community.

In particular, I would like to highlight the city’s Youth Outreach Live Outdoors program which was specially designed to engage with young people in known youth hotspots to identify needs and address social issues.

The City of Cockburn also received a commendation for the wide range of ways in which they have consulted with children at school and in libraries as well as setting up a Children’s Reference Group.

I’d like to congratulate everyone involved and offer my thanks to the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA for hosting the awards.