Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
Grade six student at Heyfield Primary School Remy Grogan, was celebrated in a whole of school assembly after being awarded Third Prize in a State Parliament initiative, which doubles as a proposal for Wellington Shire’s consideration.
Nationals Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull, presented Remy with her Parliamentary Award. Students were asked to deliver a 90 second Members Statement on a topic they wished to raise.
With applications open to students Victoria wide, there were 589 individual entrants from 113 schools, a terrific response.
“The best news of all, was Heyfield Primary School basically out performed all others, with three of their student’s submissions making their way into the final round of judging,” said Mr Bull.
“While Remy was awarded overall third prize, high praise was extended to Lachlan Powney and Lily Reynolds for their entries which narrowly missed the podium.
“Remy chose to discuss the need for a safe bike path to negotiate the 100km/h narrow Licola Road from Heyfield to Lake Glenmaggie, a road which fellow students travel each day on their way to school.
The submission was presented in video format which was directed and edited by Remy herself.
“Her personality really shone through, all the while delivering her message in a fun and creative way and full credit to her mum who acted as camerawoman,” Mr Bull said.
“After watching all three submissions from Heyfield Primary School, I was particularly impressed that all students chose to discuss local issues, and all were of a very high standard.
“Remy has raised a genuine concern which is experienced every day for some students at Heyfield Primary School, who ride to school.
“She presented a localised issue in a mature and well-reasoned statement that was a convincing approach pitching a bike path as the solution that will improve both safety aspects along with added benefits of getting the community enjoying the outdoors.
“The best part of the day was seeing the smile on her face when I handed over a cheque which accompanied the award. It was a priceless expression, an unexpected benefit for outstanding effort,” Mr Bull said.
“Empowering young people to identify issues that concern them and raise them in a public forum, is a great learning opportunity.
“I applaud the teachers at Heyfield Primary School for the wonderful work they continue to do in encouraging our country kids to think big,” said Mr Bull.
Caption: Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull congratulates Remy Grogan and is seeking Wellington Shire consideration for her award winning safe bike path proposal