City meets country to solve problem

Crystal Miller, 17. Young people from Holroyd and Hay councils have produced a short film about making choices around bullying, alcohol, drugs etc. The project has won the Art Animates category at National Awards for Local Government. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Crystal Miller, 17. Young people from Holroyd and Hay councils have produced a short film about making choices around bullying, alcohol, drugs etc. The project has won the Art Animates category at National Awards for Local Government. Picture: Gene Ramirez

GUILDFORD locations star in a new resource to help young people, Make a Choice.

Girraween resident Crystal Williams, 17, was among 13 young people from the Holroyd and Hay council areas to create the short film about the consequences of alcohol use, bullying and other situations young people are faced with.

The project, which was filmed at Guildford's park and youth centre and in rural NSW, won the art animates category at the 2014 National Awards for Local Government on June 17.

"We met the people from the Hay community and we all got together and thought of ideas," Crystal said.

"It was definitely a lot of fun. We all wrote our own script.

"There was a scene where someone was getting pushed over and party scenes, so there were bad situations and good situations."

Crystal said meeting the students from Hay, in south-western NSW, and discovering what they had in common was one of the highlights of the project.

They all took part in a three-day camp in the historic farming community where they sheared sheep, played games and worked on the film.

"It broadened our knowledge," Crystal said.

"They kind of were faced with different situations because the attitude out there is a bit different. They have more freedom, but also don't have access to youth groups as much as we do."

Holroyd mayor Nasr Kafrouni said the project showed the power of people coming together regardless of where they lived.

He said it had allowed the students to sharpen their acting and video skills, grow their network of friends and celebrate their communities.

"Our young people have shown us that problems can be solved with a fresh approach and new ideas," Cr Kafrouni said.

Holroyd Council will produce 500 copies of the DVD to be distributed on request. It comes with a workbook of group activities.

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