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Council launches local government education project

Group photo of people at the launch event

Monday 6 May 2019

Councillor Max Lesser launched a series of colourful and eye-catching educational resources on the weekend that will be used to help explain the role of local government to children.

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 saw a need to introduce local government in a way that makes it interesting,” said Cr Lesser from Mount Alexander Shire.

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

The Councillor PEG Project stands for People, Education, Government and the resources use mathematical and geometrical designs that were developed by students from the region.

“I’ve had feedback from students and adults who told me they had no idea about the services provided by local government, until they worked through the activities,” said Cr Lesser.

“I look forward to seeing the resources used in the classroom,” 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.

The launch was attended by community members, along with representatives from Mount Alexander Shire Council, City of Greater Bendigo and Castlemaine Historic Society Inc.

It was held at the Business, Bunfights and Brawls exhibition at the National Trust and Australia Heritage Festival. The exhibition highlights the colourful history of the establishment of local government in the Mount Alexander area.

Image: At the Cr PEG launch. (Back) Alleyne Hockley and Wally Dunstan from Castlemaine Historical Society Inc., CEO Mount Alexander Shire Darren Fuzzard, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Bronwen Machin, Cr Max Lesser, Deputy Mayor City of Greater Bendigo Cr Rod Fyffe (front) Harrison, Kurt, Olly and Otto.

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