Royal treatment for Grampians program push

Published on 11 April 2018


The world-famous Duke of Edinburgh Award could receive a significant push in the Grampians region thanks to a chance conversation between Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Tony Driscoll and His Royal Highness Prince Edward.

As part of the Earl of Wessex’s tour of Ballarat on Sunday, Cr Driscoll was offered the chance to speak with the Prince at a Civic Reception, where the pair discussed the Duke of Edinburgh program and the benefits it can deliver for young people. The conversation then extended to the promotion of the program in rural areas, including the Northern Grampians Shire.

“Prince Edward was extremely passionate about ensuring the Duke of Edinburgh program is delivered to young people in rural areas, including the Grampians, and we had a great discussion about the benefits it could deliver to young people within our area,” Cr Driscoll said.

“We agreed the the Grampians region was definitely an area which could benefit from an expansion of the program, and in particular, I think our young people could really benefit from the message that the program promotes.

“The Award is highly thought of by employers and tertiary institutions, so the benefits it delivers for young people would go a long way towards addressing some of the issues faced by young people throughout the region.”

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, aimed at empowering all young Australians aged 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations.

To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical well being, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. All Participants are supported by a network of adult award leaders, assessors, supervisors, and mentors.