Deck'd event a huge success

Brightly-coloured skateboard decks cover a wall at Wodonga Plaza, a reminder of the successful Deck'd event on April 11.

Wodonga Council worked in conjunction with the Wodonga Local Drug Action Team to create a campaign that focussed on drug prevention.

Deck’d, which was funded by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, targeted young people to address the issues and stigma surrounding drug mis-use by taking part in a skateboard design competition that was focused on delivering a powerful message.

Wodonga Council’s Community Planning and Wellbeing Manager Claire Taylor said council and the LDAT worked with youth to understand the key drivers surrounding drug mis-use (social isolation, lack of role models, boredom), and developed a campaign around that information.

“For the designs, we asked the youth to think outside the box and look at positive aspects in their life that would help them or a friend to avoid developing any problems with drugs,” she said.

“We asked them to think about their family, friends, connection, community, reaching out, creativity, music, having hobbies and being active.”

The Deck'd event included skateboarding demonstrations and lessons by OwnLife, giving youth the opportunity to try a new hobby.

More than 60 skateboards are part of the exhibition at the plaza, which will be on display until the end of April.

The grand prize of a surf trip for two to Torquay went to Brooke Chiang from the Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre.

Brooke’s design featured turtles which represent her brother, dad and best friend's totem. She thinks turtles are beautiful creatures.

Judges said Brooke's message really hit the mark.

In response to “what are the positive things in life that would keep you or a friend from having problems with drugs”, Brooke’s message was spot on.

Judges said that having your family and friends as that reason was very powerful and, beyond the message, the design was creative and of very high quality.

Brooke also received her winning design on a skateboard.