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Help launch local government education project

Councillor Max Lesser promoting Peg Project

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Councillor Max Lesser invites the community along to help launch a series of educational resources to help explain the role of local government.

The Councillor PEG Project stands for People, Education, Government, and the resources – which includes a card game, mazes, colouring activities and more – have been developed independently by Cr Lesser as part of the charity Goldenhope Foundation.

“I became interested in telling the story of local government because I felt there was a need to explain its role to children and the community,” said Cr Lesser.

“The games and activities help people to understand what their rates go to and what local government does,” he said.

Cr Lesser has worked with the state’s peak body for local government the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to refine the messages and information.

“I created the documents and mucked around, sent through some ideas and worked with MAV, and then away we went.

“We then checked in with students to see what they thought of the resources, and made some more changes.”

Cr Lesser said he wanted to introduce local government in a way that makes it interesting.

“It’s been well received by students and all the eye-catching images – which are mathematical and geometrical designs – were developed by students from our region,” he said.

The resources will be shared with schools across the shire and state.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the launch of Cr PEG Project. The launch will be held as part of the Business, Bunfights and Brawls exhibition at the National Trust and Australia Heritage Festival. The exhibition highlights the history of the establishment of local government in the Mount Alexander area.

Come along at 10.00am on Saturday 4 May to the Castlemaine Historic Society, 7 Goldsmith Crescent, Castlemaine.

To attend please RSVP to Lucie Curry Cheenne on 5471 1857 or email l.currycheenne@mountalexander.vic.gov.au by Monday 29 April.

Image: Councillor Max Lesser promotes the The Councillor PEG Project

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