First Youth Hackathon hosted at Lakelands Shopping Centre


Owen King, Casey Clucas, Lachlan Garret, McKenzie Drew, Indie-Ella Fredin and Millie Ratcliffe brainstorm a variety of ideas.
Owen King, Casey Clucas, Lachlan Garret, McKenzie Drew, Indie-Ella Fredin and Millie Ratcliffe brainstorm a variety of ideas.

LAKELANDS Shopping Centre was an ideas hothouse on Saturday with the staging of the first Youth Hackathon.

The day-long event involved 20 young locals who developed and pitched a future-building concept for Lakelands, which will later be funded and implemented.

The event was created by Youth Link, brought together by Lakelands Estate developer Peet Ltd.

Peet managing director and chief executive Brendan Gore said the initiative was exciting and important for young people.

“It is important to create channels like Youth Hackathon to give the area’s bright young people a voice in creating a place they’re proud to be part of, as the Lakelands community continues to grow and develop,” Mr Gore said.

The Makers Projects community engagement manager Oliver Bazzani facilitated the day beside the group’s Chairman, Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.

“This type of initiative will give the amazing young people coming out of the Lakelands community the opportunity to get together and show their brilliance in leadership and innovative thinking to make a real difference in the place they call home,” Mr Bazzani said.

Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight and fellow North ward councillor Ron Wortley were also on the pitch panel for the Youth Hackathon.

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