Time to Flourish in Albury-Wodonga

3 NOVEMBER 2015

Community, art, sport, music, video, education and the environment will all be celebrated at Flourish, the festival for sustainable communities, on Saturday 14 November.Flourish is the culmination of the year-long Learning Communities project run by Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Institute for Land, Water and Society. It is also the final event of Albury Wodonga Sustainability Week 2015.Learning Communities team members have worked throughout 2015 with nearly 1 000 high and primary school students from around Albury-Wodonga and North East Victoria to produce videos, art, displays and community activities that showcase the students' concerns and answers for current environmental and sustainability problems.Project leader Dr John Rafferty said the festival showcases fabulous ideas that highlight the value of higher education in helping create sustainable communities."A feature event at Flourish will be the public presentation of a Youth Action Statement for a Sustainable Future to local community dignitaries by representative students from local primary schools. Community members can also show their support by signing the Statement during the festival."The Statement contains the ideas of local primary school students about 16 leading sustainability problems and solutions which the students discussed and voted on during their visits to CSU," Dr Rafferty said.The statement was developed using democratic and consensus principles learnt during earlier visits to CSU in Albury-Wodonga by Years 5 and 6 students from eight primary schools located in Albury- Wodonga and surrounding districts.The students are also preparing displays and activities on aspects of sustainable communities that reflect their future career options, which will be presented to their families and the wider community during Flourish. More information on Flourish here. Go to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/flourishfestival/ for the latest news on Flourish.

Media contact:

Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207


Media Note:

CSU's Drs John Rafferty, Helen Masterman-Smith and Marie Sheahan are members of the Learning Communities team and available for interviews about Flourish and the Learning Communities project. Contact Mr Wes Ward on mobile 0473 017 483 or email learningcommunities@csu.edu.au to arrange interviews and pictures. Media are invited to attend the Flourish Festival from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday 14 November at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

The Learning Communities project is funded by the Federal Department of Education's Higher Education Partnership Pathways Program.

Photo: Whinny the Muttabuttasaurus will make a special appearance at Flourish.

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