In a triumph for community collaboration and youth empowerment, the South Hedland Placemaking program has clinched the prestigious Best Regional/Rural Industry Contribution Award at the Parks and Leisure Australia national awards. The innovative program, spearheaded by the youth of Hedland, aims to instil a sense of responsibility and decision-making prowess in young individuals. The culmination of their efforts materialised in the form of the South Hedland Road mural, a vibrant expression of the community’s deep connection to its land. Town of Port Hedland mayor Peter Carter said the award recognised the efforts of a range of stakeholders to not only empower the town’s youth but to contribute positively to the development of civic spaces. “The Town takes great pride in the placemaking project and engaging youth to reach their full potential, so we are rapt the judges recognized the importance of this project,” he said. He went on to highlight the crucial roles played by RAC, which funded the project through its Youth-Led Placemaking Projects Program, the Town Team Movement that facilitated workshops and installation, and Blank Walls for providing artist Honey, who played a pivotal role in the creation of the street mural. Town Team Movement executive director Jimmy Murphy hailed the South Hedland initiative as a “world-leading example” of how government and industry can collaborate with local communities to achieve remarkable outcomes that enhance connection, livability, and local culture.