Imagine the possibilities for what our community could look like in thirty year's time.
That is what students from Hastings Secondary College are being encouraged to do as the first of several youth participation initiatives are launched by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
Council in partnership with Charles Sturt University launched a Minecraft Competition for primary and secondary schools students, as a way to capture the thoughts of our 21st century leaders through the use of technology.
Ian Ross, Executive Principal Hastings Secondary College said "The Youth voice is a powerful measure of our future. Whilst I see amazing critical thinking and creativity every day from our students, I believe the Hastings community will be surprised of what our youth's vision is for 2050."
Mr Ross was joined by students Jackson O'Rourke, William Neilsen and Eleesa Rosetta at the Minecraft Launch today.
Students are encouraged to submit an entry as part of a school team focusing on the key themes of 'outdoor spaces', 'moving around', 'how we use resources' and 'a creative and fun place to be'.
Entries will be assessed and judged by a panel of community and education representatives, with prize money of $1000 per category up for grabs for the two successful schools.
Using technology and design thinking is just one of the many ways youth in our community can get creative and be involved in sharing the vision for our future community.
To find out more about the Think 2050 Schools and Youth Program and activities and to register visit https://www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/Community-Culture/Community-Strategic-Plan/Schools-and-Youth-Program/Think-2050-Minecraft-Competition