Parent Advisory Group Extraordinaire nominated

COMMUNITY: Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison, centre, presents Roz Hartley and Annie Adams with a certificate.
COMMUNITY: Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison, centre, presents Roz Hartley and Annie Adams with a certificate.

THE PARENT Advisory Group Extraordinaire (PAGE) received statewide recognition for its ongoing efforts to make Port Augusta a more ‘family friendly city’ at the 2017 South Australian Community Achievement Awards.

PAGE was nominated for the TAFE SA Connecting Community Award and presented with a Certificate of Achievement by Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison at the Hilton Adelaide in November.

The group was commended for its work in advocating for additional pedestrian crossings, parent parking bays, fencing and shading of playgrounds.

UnitingCare Wesley Country SA Community Development Worker Roz Hartley said she was incredibly proud of the group.

“They work so hard unpaid to support all families across Port Augusta,” she said.

“The ability for all families to know that they can connect and belong here to support their kids, to feel valued and have a voice, it strengthens the whole community.

“When we all work together and have the community drive some of these initiatives, it’s just awesome.”

PAGE is working on two ongoing projects, including the green book cases initiative for early literacy learning, which allows every child in Port Augusta to have a book to read at home.

The group’s other project is to establish the Family Friendly Business Awards, which Ms Hartley said is all part of creating a family friendly community.

“There are outstanding businesses in our area and they put a lot of effort into making sure families and children feel comfortable to come in,” she said.

“These businesses make sure their business is accessible, clean and safe.”

480 people attended the annual ceremony, with 10 awards presented to SA’s high achievers and community contributors.

PAGE were pipped to the TAFE SA Connecting Community Award by Ruby’s Advisory Group of Adelaide.

PAGE, established in 2006, is an activity of Community for Children under the parent body of UnitingCare Wesley Country SA.