Free creative citizen skills workshop for young people in Port Macquarie


Free creative citizen skills workshop for young people in Port Macquarie

Up to 25 residents from across the Mid North Coast will soon have the chance to participate in a free two-day education program that focuses on building creative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Charles Sturt University invites young people aged between 15 to 30 years to apply for a free two-day ‘creative citizen’ workshop in Port Macquarie

The Creative Citizen Project (CCP) is set to take place in Port Macquarie on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 October. The project is accepting applications from people aged between 15 and 30 years who are students, work for a local not-for-profit organisation, or are part of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Youth Leadership Program.

Successful applicants will participate in a range of collaborative activities that tie together civics and citizenship knowledge with creative skills, including design thinking and an introduction to citizen journalism.

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from special guest speaker the Hon. Bob Carr, the longest-serving Premier of NSW and current Professor of Business and Climate at the Institute of Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney.

Professor Carr will give a live online talk about his work and participate in a question-and-answer session with the program’s participants.

Dr Willhemina Wahlin, one of the CCP’s lead organisers and Lecturer in design and acting and Associate Head of School in Charles Sturt University’s School of Communication and Creative Industries, said the program will not only be a valuable learning experience but it will also be a lot of fun for attendees.

“What you’ll get out of it is some really great tools to become an effective storyteller, collaborator and creative citizen,” she said.

“We created this program because we understand the power of creativity to give people a voice.

“Some of us have designed internationally travelling exhibitions, others have run theatre projects in post-war Sri Lanka. We have seen first-hand that creative skills are an essential part of changemaking.

“When you combine creative skills with civics and citizenship knowledge, there’s no limit to what young people can achieve for their communities.”

This year’s CCP has been supported by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Youth Leadership Program, and is part of a joint research study by Charles Sturt, Swinburne University of Technology, The Whitlam Institute in Western Sydney University and PROOF: Media for Social Justice.

Applications for the program close on Monday 5 October or earlier if all of the 25 places are allocated.

More information on the program, eligibility and how to apply is available on the CCP website.

The CCP is a face-to-face workshop and will align with the COVIDSafe regulations, as stipulated by federal and state governments. Attendance will be tracked, social distancing requirements will be in place, and sanitiser will be available.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Dr Willhemina Wahlin, contact Rebecca Akers at Charles Sturt Media on 0456 377 434 or

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