The City’s highly-successful ‘STREETFACE – Having A Say’
exhibition was a finalist in the Victorian Disability Awards today and
received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the ‘Excellence in creating inclusive
Four participants, Cr Anthony Aitken and council officers
involved in the project attended the ceremony in Melbourne.
‘STREETFACE’ is aimed at expressing young people’s ideas,
opinions or aspirations in outdoor public spaces, for viewing and discussion.
The project involves 5x5 metre close-up photographs of people under 25 on
council-owned buildings around Geelong, along with their stories.
This year’s theme was ‘Having A Say’
, featuring nine young
people who have a lived experience of disability. These participants are:
Aimee Miller, Holly Miller, Joshua Rawkins, Brodie Shaw, Jack Tory, Penelope
Manning, Mitchell Bond, Lindy-Joy Crouch and Liam O’Neil.
The overwhelming popularity of the exhibition during January and
February led to council extending
it for another month.
‘STREETFACE - Having A Say’ has given the region’s young people
with a disability a chance to share their experiences and opinions with a
large section of the community, at a time when they are not well-represented
in mainstream media. The final displays in numerous locations had an instant
and lasting impact.
This year’s project also coincided with the Having A Say
Conference in February, which aims to empower people living with a disability
to speak up about issues that affect their lives and to celebrate their
‘STREETFACE’ started in 2010 and is run by the City’s Community
Inclusion and Youth Development Units, which are dedicated to getting young
people, including those with a disability, involved in community projects.
Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor
Well-done to the nine participants who got in front of the
camera for this project. Thank-you for your bravery in sharing your
experiences and aspirations with the community in such a public way.
I commend the City’s Community Inclusion and Youth Development
Units for all their hard work in giving these young people a much-needed
Councillor Anthony Aitken, Chair, Disability Access, Inclusion and
The nomination, shortlisting and popularity of this project is a
true example of why it’s so important that we engage with people with a
disability, whose experiences, needs and aspirations are often not heard in
‘STREETFACE – Having A Say’ was another example of the City’s
many projects and commitment aimed at making Greater Geelong an even more
inclusive and accessible community to live and thrive in.