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While learning to restore bicycles Ellenbrook Secondary College students have also been learning problem solving and communication skills.

Ellenbrook students help restore bicycles

ELLENBROOK Secondary College students have worked hard to restore and donate seven bicycles to the Balga Detached Youth Work program.

The bikes were originally donated to the college in various conditions by staff, families and the Ellenbrook community before students in the Up Cycle program returned them to full working order.

The college’s Up Cycle program is run by teacher Matthew Dunstan, in assistance with Michael Cross.

It aims to support Year 8-9 boys, who not only learn practical maintenance skills, but also develop problem solving, communication and teamwork skills.

Ian Gowling from Balga Detached Youth Work program says the donation of bicycles each year is greatly appreciated.

“Often the disadvantaged youth we work with are struggling in regards to transport,’’ he said.

“Getting around Balga and its surrounding areas can be difficult for them, therefore the donation of these bikes means a lot.’’

Since its inception in 2015, the Up Cycle program has recycled 24 bikes in total to both Fair Game Australia and the Balga Detached Youth Work program directly.

Mark Bailey from Bike Force Ellenbrook has also been
important to the
program’s success by volunteering his time, expertise and equipment to coach students on the repair and maintenance of bicycles.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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