Duo's initiative reaps rewards

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2011: Jean Williams. cont
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2011: Jean Williams. cont

MOTIVATED by a desire for a better skate park, Connor Jones and Sam Welsh have been on an adventure that was awarded on Australia Day.

Sam and Connor received the Young Citizen of the Year award in Barcaldine for their hard, yet successful, work in getting their local skate park upgraded.

The Year 11 students said they were surprised to receive the award but it felt “very good”.

“It’s a big shock, it was good we both got it because he’s one of my best mates so it’s good to share it with him,” Sam said.

The duo’s journey started when they decided they were unhappy with their skate park and decided to do something about it.

“We went to the Cabinet meeting and talked to the Minister for Sport about getting a skate park at Barcaldine,” Connor said.

“We put out a petition and got all of the community to sign it and sent it away to the Sports Minister. We waited about two to three months and then heard we were successful.

“Carl O’Neil has helped us a fair bit, he helped us get an invitation to go to the Cabinet meeting, he talked to the Minister and helped organise the petitions,” Sam said.

“We talked to the Minister and then he invited us to a presentation at the Tree of Knowledge and introduced us to Anna Bligh, she even mentioned us in her speech.

“That was pretty exciting, we were heaps nervous.

“The most exciting part is getting the skate park for all of us.”

The boys are planning to enjoy the skate park, which is expected to be built by June.

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