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Primary school students who live or go to school in Penrith City are encouraged to make their pitch to be either Junior Mayor or one of 14 Junior Councillors for exciting Local Government Week activities in August.

Local Government Week, which runs from 13 to 19 August, celebrates local government’s role in the community.

Penrith Mayor Greg Davies said: “Our competition will be a dynamic way for students to gain an insight into the role of councillors and how a Council meeting works.”

To enter, students should write, create artwork, a comic strip or an audio or film file (saved to a disk or USB stick) to answer the question: why do you think it’s so important to commemorate the Bicentenary of the First Crossing of the Blue Mountains – one of the most significant historical milestones in our City’s and indeed our country’s history? Entries must reach Council’s Civic Centre at 601 High Street, Penrith by 4.30pm on Monday, 28 May. No email entries will be accepted.

As well as taking part in a ‘mock’ Council meeting, the 15 juniors will also be offered a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to take part in the re-enactment trek marking 200 years since the first crossing of the Blue Mountains. The trek will go from the site of Blaxland’s farm at St Marys to the Nepean River on Saturday, 11 May next year.

For more information, contact Council on 4732 7652.

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