Here in The Blue Mountains, there is nothing we love more than to see our generations of the future make their mark in our community and in the world. Katoomba High School students are collaborating with Blue Mountains City Council to plan for Katoomba Town Centre and the Civic Centre redevelopment, as part of their geography studies. Council Staff met with 100 Katoomba High

School students at the old Katoomba Library building over two days this week. There, they presented to the students on the Katoomba Masterplan and the Katoomba Civic Centre before conducting a walk-through discussion throughout the Centre. The students also conducted their own project work whilst on site.

Proud Teacher Ruby Ladd warmly stated: “One hundred Year 9 students at Katoomba High School are part of a creative design project to activate the Katoomba Civic Centre. Senior students have already been a part of the reference group for the Masterplan and now as part of the Geography curriculum on Changing Places, Year 9 students are working with planning principles as shared by the Council’s urban designers and planners to contribute to the design process.”

Mayor Mark Greenhill commented, stating; “Council is proud to have taken the initiative to liaise directly with students and genuinely involve them in this project. We can show students the potential the Centre has in terms of design and activation and they communicate to us what is desirable and exciting.”

From us here at the Blue Mountains Phoenix, to all students involved in this initiative at Katoomba high school, we would like to commend you on your efforts and applaud your contribution.

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