Life through the eyes of West Australian 10 year-olds

This year marks the 10th anniversary since the appointment of Western Australia’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People.  To commemorate this event, 10 year-old school children throughout Western Australia were invited by the Commissioner to share their views about life.  This project is presented through a collection of artwork and written responses of more than 4200 students from as far south as Esperance and north to Kununarra.

These responses reveal valuable insights into how children live in Western Australia and demonstrate what is important to them.  Overwhelmingly, their responses reflect strong family values and a sense of independence and autonomy.  Although responses may have varied slightly across the eight regions, it is evident that Western Australian children value similar things.  Having fun and being active were central themes across the children’s contributions.

The Shire of Carnarvon is pleased to be part of this community project by staging multi-media displays at the Shire Administration office, Airport, Visitor Centre and Library Gallery.  In addition to the slideshow presentations, the Airport and Library Gallery are showcasing a selection of original works submitted by students from the Mid-West region.

The displays can be viewed at the various locations from December 7 to January 31 next year.  For further information on the project, visit