A call to action for local kids
  • Thursday 20 June 2013

Sunshine Coast Council and Unitywater are joining forces to present the popular Sunshine Coast Kids in Action conference this September.

Registrations are now open for this two day event full of engaging, hands-on activities for students from grades 5 to 9 to learn about the importance of a sustainable environment.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the program would build on the highly successful 2012 event.

“Last year’s event saw over 280 students and teachers from schools across the region showcase environmental initiatives in schools and celebrate local biodiversity,” he said.

“I encourage all schools to register and be a part of this environmental initiative.”

Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said the event was a wonderful example of engaging students in learning about the environment through a unique ‘kids teaching kids’ approach.

“It’s great to see school students presenting workshops to their peers and becoming directly involved in delivering essential messages about the environment,” Cr Wellington said.

The event is funded by the Sunshine Coast Environment Levy and supported by Unitywater.

Unitywater CEO George Theo said after witnessing the success of last year’s event, Unitywater was delighted to come on board as major sponsor this year.

“Unitywater is delivering a strong program of environmental initiatives, led by a team of industry professionals. Through supporting the Kids in Action program, we are pleased to be able to actively share our expertise and experience with the next generation,” Mr Theo said.

Schools are encouraged to register a small group of students for the event. Students can deliver a presentation about their school’s environmental initiatives or a local environmental issue. Mentors are available to assist schools with planning their presentations.

The event costs $110 per school, which includes entry for the two days along with student workshops, all meals and bus travel between event locations.

The forum will be held on 4 and 5 September at the Lake Kawana Community Centre and the Maleny Precinct along the Obi Obi Creek.

Members of the community are invited to volunteer at the event.

Visit council's website or call 5494 3642 for more information.