Servite College students put heads together to revitalise Main Street

Year 9 Servite College students with Main Street Co-Op member Lisa Thornton.
Year 9 Servite College students with Main Street Co-Op member Lisa Thornton.

STUDENTS from a Tuart Hill school set out to help solve problems facing the advancement of Main Street in Osborne Park.

Year 9 Servite College students were part of a three-day Hackathon project, where Main Street Co-Op members, Stirling councillor Adam Spagnolo and Balcatta MLA David Michael presented challenges related to the area for them to solve.

Their solutions included on-street parking to allow parklets and places to gather outside, street furniture and opening up Robinson Reserve.

Teacher Trevor Galbraith said the students had a strong sense of social justice.

“As local business owners, community and council members articulated their concerns and hopes for the local area our students listened intently and were quick to brainstorm and carefully consider a variety of solutions,” he said.

“Our students engaged in dynamic debates, excited chatter and quiet reflection as they mapped ideal social spaces for multi-aged groups, designed parking spaces, decreased speed limits, increased the tree canopy, designed living walls and dreamed of street art and performances in the street.

“Their ultimate goal was to create a buzzing, aesthetically pleasing, safe, trendy precinct to attract the local community.

“They also had to develop their entrepreneurial skills as they ‘pitched’ their creative and innovative solutions.”

The project was run by Next Learning and followed a Federal Government digital literacy grant awarded to the school earlier this year.

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