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Report from the Chair

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Millennium Kids Inc

October 25, 2017 Annual General Meeting

Report from the Chair

The past twelve months has been a busy year for the MK Council. The year commenced celebrating the MK 20th anniversary with an UNconference that set the ambitious target of ‘1000 Actions for the Planet’ ending with a diverse audience of dignitaries, comedians, partners, parents, volunteers and friends supporting kids pitching their projects. The event provided an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the work of Millennium Kids over the past 20 years in empowering young people to take action on environmental issues they are concerned about. I felt honoured that one of my first acts as Chair at the UNconference was to facilitate kids developing future scenarios and mapping out their projects against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

During the year, while Kids have worked on their projects, the Council has been successful in raising funds and securing grants, providing mentors and volunteers to support the Kids, organising outings and trainings, and managing the first round of legalities of the transition to the Associations Incorporation Act 2015. Over the next two years the Council will be working on the Associations Transition program so that the right structures, governance and planning is in place to ensure that MK’s good work continues into the future.

The year concluded with a ‘Festival of Fun’ UNconference in October 2017. 2517 was the year in focus with visioning, stories and timelines mapping the way to a world the Kids want to shape for future generations. Global goals, Indonesian challenges, and local Wetlands issues were addressed and practical projects ideated for planning at the next workshop. It will be my great pleasure to report Kids achievements to the UN SDG’s partnerships forum.

The icing on the cake of a busy year: Millennium Kids was recognised for its achievements during the WA Youth Awards, winning the RUAH Organisational Achievement Award for small organisations.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks for the hard work of the CEO, Youth Board, Council and volunteers, for outstanding contributions over a busy twelve months and look forward to seeing what MKI can achieve in its 22nd year!

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Thank you to Prof Lyn Beazley for joining us on our Futures Thinking Day at the MK21 UNconference.

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2517 is serious futures thinking!

2517 is serious futures thinking!

Anita Sykes-Kelleher

Chair, Millennium Kids Inc.

Nature Play – Kids have a say!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Nature Play – Kids have a Say

Balingup Golden Valley Tree Park

If you want to talk to experts in play – talk to the Kids.

That is exactly what Millennium Kids did at Balingup Golden Valley Tree Park. The Committee was planning a nature play area and they decided to get the kids in to see what they wanted. Cat, Millennium Kids CEO, facilitated a half day workshop with 15 local children. With a series of experiences to get them thinking Kids gently reminded the adults that nature play was just that – in nature.

They had some pretty interesting recommendations:

  • it needs to be an adventure to get there
  • we need places to hide where we can’t see the adults
  • we want to get wet and jump in the mud
  • we want to build and make things and get our materials from the surrounding area.
  • kids like different things – some want to look at birds and insects, some want to sit and read, others want to build or hide in a dark cubby.

It was a fabulous morning and great to watch the kids take off their shoes and get down and dirty in the mud.

Lance Holt Rocks the Planet

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Can school's reduce their carbon footprint ? A project in partnership with Simply Carbon and Millennium Kids Inc

Can schools reduce their carbon footprint ? A project in partnership with Simply Carbon and Millennium Kids Inc

One Thousand Actions for the Planet started with a bang on Monday.

Forty kids from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Lance Holt Primary in the City of Fremantle, put their heads together to design a low carbon life. The project is supported by City of Fremantle through a FreoMatch program which sees local groups pitch for funding support that helps grow partnerships around the One Planet Principles. 

Sharing ideas about what ‘low carbon’ means was quite an eye opener. Kids discussed global warming, the pollution that creates the warming and one 9 year old drew a pretty amazing system’s diagram on the whiteboard.

” The earth warms up because the carbon can’t get out.”

The students were taking part in the first Low Carbon School’s workshops with Millennium Kids. The Simply Carbon team were there as mentors. Kids discussed ideas, formed teams and came up with a range of suggestions for change at their school. The four themes were WASTE, WATER, TRANSPORT AND ENERGY.

Several boys went straight to the bin. They checked out the contents and estimated 75% of the waste was actually recyclable.

” We have become lazy”, one boy said.

They discussed landfill and the methane that is a product of green waste and other waste begin dumped at the sites.

They spent the next hour designing a project plan to create a solution. Kathy, a Simply Carbon Mentor, asked a few questions about data and measuring change during the Speed Mentoring session at the end of the day.

“How will you know your project is a success?” She asked. The boys quickly worked out they needed to compare monthly bills, set some targets, inspire their fellow classmates and teachers and run a campaign for change.

Fourteen projects in all were developed on the day. The students will spend the next term undertaking their project and delivering a report to the Millennium Kids – Simply Carbon Team.

The students will join 20 other schools in the Perth metropolitan area undertaking projects.

To help make the children’s project ideas become a reality please consider chipping in some funding at One Thousand Actions for the Planet.  

The teams watch Saving Heironymous to get inspired about grass roots change.

The teams watch Saving Heironymous to get inspired about grass roots change.

Stay tuned for more updates.

 

Discovering Our River Photographic Competition

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Discovering Our Rivers team analysing river waste

Ronnie at the river with the MK Sustainability Ambassadors

Ronnie loves the river. He has spent much of his early years swimming in it, sailing on it and learning about the precious eco system. He wants people to love it like he does and hopes his idea of a kids photographic competition will get young people 10 – 25 years down the the river to look at it from different angles, photograph it and send their photographs to MillenniumKids as part of a Discovering Our River Photographic Competition.

Ronnie has been working on his concept since the Discovering Our Rivers Forum at St Hilda’s Junior School in June 2014. Last week he  was interviewed by the Western Suburbs Weekly before he launched his project at A Conversation with the Kids in the City of South Perth. He will be sending information to schools and community groups at the beginning of 2015 publicising the competition. So, get down to the river and start looking at the precious waterway from different angles.

Read about Ronnie here Ronnie recalls river memories

 

 

 

 

 

Project Completed – Year 1

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Drain Rehabilitation on Kids Action List

Kids at WeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAld Square Primary School discovered a drain at the back of their school that led to the Swan River and they wanted to be a part of the solution to rejuvenate it. The students, Principal and teachers decided to adopt the drain and have begun the task of solving some of the issues in partnership with the City of Bayswater, Swan River Trust, Water Corporation and Millennium Kids.

In 2013 and 2014, kids from the school attended the MK Discovering Our Rivers workshops and learnt first hand from scientists and rivercare groups the issues caused by the drains in the area. Drains were put into the suburbs in the 1950’s as the area was cleared and houses and roads were built. The drains were created to help drain off water from roads in the area and reduce flooding as the area once had many wetlands. Unfortunately, run off from roads and gardens contribute excess nutrients and other pollutants to these drains which flow into the Bayswater Brook and eventually flow into the river and can cause issues like algal blooms and fish kills.

 

Students heard that river stakeholders were also working on the drain and they wanted to be a part of the solution. The City of Bayswater met with the school and showed them the plans to create a living stream and explained the drain needed weed control, bank battering to reduce the steep slopes, extensive revegetation and a nutrient filter media to help improve the water quality.

Two important catchment management documents, the Bayswater Brook Water Quality Improvement Plan and Bayswater Brook Action Plan identified that creating living streams is a priority action for the catchment. The City of Bayswater and the Swan River Trust acted on this and applied for funding through the State NRM which has enabled this project to happen.

To help solve the problem kids came up with lots of ideas to rejuvenate the area;

  • Rebuild habitat
  • Clean up the area and get rid of the rubbish
  • Put up signs to show the public that the drain is important and leads to the river
  • Educate the community through newsletters and articles in the local paper

The kids were keen to do real work with useful outcomes, so a series of activities have been devised to have the kids do water quality testing, macro invertebrate testing and monitoring the site at different times of the year to evaluate change in the area.

The hard work of mulching and transforming the site was completed by Council staff in preparation for tree planting season. This week Year 6 and 7 kids worked alongside the City of Bayswater and Swan River Trust staff to help plant a range of local species at the site. Kids were thrilled to see several large balga plants and old logs relocated to the site. Nearly 20,000 plants were put in this winter.

Catrina, from Millennium Kids, talked about the importance of monitoring the site and keeping records of how the site changes over time. Several students helped record photographic evidence of 5 points in the area. These photographs will be used to create an animoto to showcase the work on the Centre for Water Research , Real Time Management System and each year the information will be updated to ensure the project information is not lost.

‘It already looks better,” said one student. “The logs will provide habitat for little lizards and critters. When I am 32 I want to come back and see the trees grown up and lots of birds and other wildlife back in this area.”10500427_849078055103515_6966782815358098587_n

Plastic Free – In and Out of the Classroom

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

A Dairy of Our Professional Learning – Plastic Free in and Out of the Classroom

By Kelly Baulch – City of Rockingham

Millennium Kids CEO and Kelly Baulch, Ken James Waste Education Centre, City of Rockingham visited Geelong Schools in the Doing More With Less Program in April 2013.

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Day 1 – Sunday

Coming from Rockingham, it was a 5am start to make check‑in at the airport. As a grumpy morning person I thought I would need a nap on the plane. After a warm drink and a chat with Cat, the plane ride went superfast and didn’t need a nap after all.

Seaford North Primary School was our first destination. They have a bushland trail, wetlands, chickens, a miniature pony, a goat and a boisterous sheep. Tess showed us her classroom and some recycled fashion that her students made, which we had to try on! Tess was a facilitator at the Doing More With Less program in Geelong, 2011, so it was great to see her incorporating her ideas into her new job as an art and drama specialist as a teacher at Seaford North School.

Day 2 – Monday

Today’s adventure was Barwon Regional Waste Management Facility. Simone showed us the Waste Wise Education Centre. This inspired me to improve the Ken James Waste Education Centre, WA. I was surprised to hear that many students in Geelong do not visit a landfill site, so I shared information on the tours at the Millar Road Landfill and Recycling Facility.

In the afternoon we visited Leopold Primary School where there were many projects. We saw lots of different gardens including a vegetable patch, the Indonesian Garden and newly revegetated areas. Catrina showed the MK Sustainability Leadership students the new Professor R badge and then we all ate some chocolate.

Day 3 – Tuesday

At Beside the Point where we were breakfast regulars, the owners make their own food which reduces packaging and food waste. Their delicious food fuelled Catrina and I for a great brainstorming session. We went for a walk past the Natural Wool Museum and the supermarket where we bought rolls, salad, mayonnaise and bananas (with no plastic waste!).

We met with the environment club at Bellaire Primary School today. I found a compost bin in the classroom for my squashed banana peel that had been sitting in my handbag.

For dinner we went to Edge. There were old doors lining a wall, recycled mismatched chairs, the paintings and the lamp shades were recycled but it all looked great. The menu covers were old record covers. (A record came before mp3, CD’s and cassette tapes). Who would be crazy enough to want ice-cream for dessert in the cold? We did! It’s waste free after all.

Day 4 – Wednesday

After a farewell breakfast at our ‘local’ we visited Manifold Heights Primary School where we saw the school’s community garden and learned about the Food Swap Market.  We caught the train into Melbourne and saw there was public place recycling at each stop.

The Melbourne weather did not prevent a visit to CERES Environment Park, a sustainability sanctuary in the middle of the city with veggie patches, a bike repair shop, garden nursery, convention room, cafes – so many activities for the community. CERES is on my must visit list.

On the plane every piece of food or drink, cutlery, disposable headphones were wrapped in plastic! So Catrina and I ate before we left. Note to self– bring my own ear plugs so I can watch a movie with sound.

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Up Day Sunday 3rd March 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

On Sunday 3rd of March we will be hosting a Clean Up Australia Day site at Milyu Reserve and we wanted to tell everyone why we think people should participate. Students from South Perth Primary school and Millennium Kids have been looking after parts of the Milyu Reserve since 1994.  We plant trees and shrubs and help create habitat for wildlife. The two photos are taken from about the same spot. One in 1994 and the other in 2012. It’s easy to tell which one is which.

So, as part of looking after Milyu, in South Perth each year, we have a Clean Up Australia Day site and help our country and community. The event is also held to increase safety and enjoyment of the country’s beautiful surroundings. The Clean Up event is extremely important and relied upon because without things like this the environment, as we know it, would slowly become a waste area with lots of hazards.

Think about what it would be like if we didn’t have a clean up? What would happen to us, to wildlife and the environment?

The rubbish would build up and our environment would become more and more polluted, it would be deserted and we wouldn’t be able to enjoy it. Pollution would increase. We would lose our valuable and beautiful environment such as duck habitats, birds in the trees and the fish in the water. Eventually, it could all become polluted without a cleanup. We would lose the environment that we depend upon.

Do your bit on Clean Up Australia Day. To find out locations that you can volunteer for look at up the Clean Up website for Perth (http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/join/)  or if you are a Millennium Kids member or a family supporter join us at Milyu Reserve at the Preston Street overpass on the riverside.

Remember to slip, slop, slap and wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. We hope to see you out there on Clean Up Day

Millennium Kids Youth Ambassadors, City of South Perth and Millennium Kids Youth Ambassadors in the Western Suburbs.

Youth River Symposium Success!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Millennium Kids together with the Swan River Trust and St Hildas Anglican School for Girls held the inaugural Swan-Canning River Park Youth Forum at St Hilda’s Junior School.   Running parallel to the International River Symposium, the forum involved teachers and students from 16 schools arcoss the Perth metropolitan areas.

Students identified their concerns for the river. These concerns included the amount of rubbish in the river, the dolphin deaths and the descruction of fauna habitat for development. They then boarded a Captain Cook Ferry and were able to experience the river from a different point of view and again an understanding how the river has changed over time.

With this knowledge, the students developed a set a recommendations that were presented to the adults of the International River Symposium on Wednesday 13th October 2010.