Community and Recreation News

Disability Access and Inclusion Awareness Program for High Schools

To raise awareness for people with a disability the Shire of Harvey hosted two wheelchair workshops for High School Students at the Leschenault Leisure Centre and the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre on Tuesday 5th December.

Amber Merrit, who is a Paralympic Silver Medalist for Basketball, facilitated fun and action-packed workshops for students of Australind High School and Harvey Senior High School. The students not only had a great time but learnt hands on what it was like to be confined to a wheel chair.  There were a multitude of questions asked and the students found stories of the Olympic Village and all the injuries Amber has sustained through training fascinating.

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   Industry Road Safety Alliance South West Calendar Competion

The Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA – Member for Midland, and Minister for Police and Road Safety, and the Hon. Mick Murray, Member for Collie-Preston, were in the Shire of Collie on Tuesday 5th December for the Industry Road Safety Alliance South West’s Christmas Road Safety Launch. WALGA RoadWise‘s Road Ribbons for Road Safety campaign was also launched for the Alliance’s region. The excited winners of our Road Safety 2018 Calendar competition were announced and congratulated by the Ministers on their artwork that is helping to keep road safety on the daily agenda. Leanne Potgeiter of Harvey was one of the winners and her artwork can be seen for the month of October.

Harvey Play Expo 2017

This event was proudly supported by Shire of Harvey, WA Country Health Service, Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre, Harvey Library, Playgroup WA, Harvey Occasional Child Care Centre, Alcoa, and Harvey FreshIn celebration of Children’s Week,  the Harvey Early Years Network organised the Harvey Play Expo.

This was an interactive event for children aged 0-5 years and their parents/carers/families hosted and coordinated by WA Country Health in partnership with the Shire of Harvey, Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre, the Shire of Harvey Library, Playgroup WA and Harvey Occasional Childcare Centre.

One hundred and sixty five young children with their parents attended the Play Expo. This year’s theme was music, movement and dance with local and indigenous performing artist David Dan playing the didgeridoo and teaching children the Aboriginal names for native animals. Bianca Panetta Dance took the children through some groovy moves and Lenny and Tuesday taught them a Filipino candle dance. Izzy Lizard from Road Safe popped in to join the fun and Kat kept everyone bopping with bubbles and kindy gym. A healthy morning tea was supplied by the Harvey Occasional Child Care Centre. Guest speaker, Tracey Blaszkow from Kidsafe WA talked to the parents about it being OK for kids to take a risk and at the same time the toddlers   entertained by Miss Emma.

The objective of the Play Expo was to inform families- parents, parents to be, carers and grandparents of 0-6 year olds about the benefits of physical activity and the local support that is available. Many agencies and services had booths for parents to make contact, ask questions, and find out information, with fun activities for the children at each booth. Each family left with an Expo bag full of information on services and schools and the toddlers all received a bell bracelet.

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David Dan with his Didgeridoos

Australind Skate Park

Photos: Shaun Jarvis Freestyle Now