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Australia 2030 National Youth Challenge [St Euphemia College, NSW]

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Australia 2030 National Youth Challenge MPS 150/2001

A vision for the future of Bankstown has earned Georgia Pierou from St Euphemia College High School a place in the Australia 2030 National Youth Challenge in Canberra on 14 September.

Georgia investigated the history of Bankstown and the impact of immigration on the community.

Georgia discovered that ethnic small businesses bring with them not only economic benefits, but social and cultural changes. She identified the importance of tolerance in the community, the maintenance of a strong heritage and the acceptance and implementation of core Australian values.

Students in years 9 -11 from around Australia were asked for their vision of the future of Australia as part of the Australia 2030: Investigating the FACTS of Immigration project, which was distributed to all schools earlier this year.

The project includes an interactive CD Rom, a video, and an accompanying website, enabling students to develop informed views on the future of Australia and the role immigration will play in that future.

Earlier this year, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock attended a series of Youth Challenges in several States and Territories, including Sydney.

Students from schools in the Parramatta region participated in the Parramatta Youth Challenge.

"The Youth Challenges have enabled students throughout Australia to work together and increase their awareness of immigration issues," Mr Ruddock said.

Winners from each State and Territory will take part in the National Youth Challenge, which will be webcast live from the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on 14


"The National Youth Challenge will provide an exciting opportunity for the finalists to reveal their views on how immigration will shape our future," Mr Ruddock said.

The students' visions for the future of Australia will be placed on the website, which will be presented as a gift to the nation during the webcast in this year celebrating the Centenary of Federation, as well as becoming a part of a permanent interactive display at the National Museum of Australia.

7 September 2001 Media Inquiries: Steve Ingram (02) 6277 7860

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