Swan River Forum – City of South Perth

Environmental Leadership Training shared with Indonesia.

 On Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May, the City of South Perth hosted the Millennium Kid’s Swan Canning River Park Forum, a youth leadership training program that qualifies students to identify practical environmental projects they can implement in their communities.

Kids share ideas at Riverpark Forum

Kids share ideas at Riverpark Forum

 Opening the forum, Mayor, Sue Doherty said, “The City of South Perth holds a proud place in greater Perth – flanked on three sides by the Swan and Canning Rivers, and we play a vital role in maintaining and protecting the diverse and delicate ecosystems that exist along these rivers and their surrounding environments.  A key part of this is our support for environmental education, in particular our partnership with Millennium Kids, which now dates back over twenty years”.

Attended by over 100 students from years 4-8 at South Perth, Kensington, Manning and North Cottesloe primary schools, Como Secondary College and Penrhos and Aquinas colleges, they were joined by the Tunas Hijau environmental group and SAIMS secondary school, Surabaya, Indonesia.

Millennium Kids Sustainability Ambassador, Bella Poll said, “It’s important to have the leadership programs because you need to educate people so they help clean up the environment”.

Key note speaker, WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley said, “I’m honoured and delighted to support this environmental leadership program.  Each contact I have with Millennium Kids assures me they will make a positive difference to our future”.

After a series of presentations and training exercises at the South Perth community centre, the group transferred to Bodkin Park, Waterford, where they were welcomed to country by Noongar indigenous guardian, Ingrid Cumming.  They then participated in practical environmental workshops including water chemistry, native animal care, insect identification, tree planting, macro invertebrate art and managing waste in the river systems.

Kids plant at Waterford
Kids plant at Waterford

Commenting on the student’s interest and ideas, Swan River Trust officer, Joselyn Juraszek commented, “It’s great to work with Millennium Kids in programs like the River Park Forum which empowers them to create action based projects which make real change around our rivers.  This in turn helps the Swan River Trust’s process to create healthy rivers forever”.

The stories of the river will be shared on the Centre for Water Research Real Time Management System in partnership with Millennium Kids.

3 Responses to “Swan River Forum – City of South Perth”

  1. maureen says:

    What a fabulous two days of kids ideas about the environment

  2. kate says:

    Will Millennium Kids be repeating this forum again any time soon?

  3. MKadmin says:

    We run these programs each year. Please check our event section for updates on MK activities and register your interest via our newsletter link and you’ll receive updates of our activities. Have a great day. MK Team

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