A batch of bicycles has come the full cycle from near disposal to fully functioning machines again, thanks to a program supported through the Latrobe Health Assembly.
The Latrobe Health Assembly in partnership with Morwell’s Flexible Learning Option (FLO) School introduced a Bike Restoration program in Term 1, 2018. Aimed at engaging students in a hands on approach, the program gained instant appeal from the students at the FLO School.
Bikes were donated from all over the region to support the program with expert guidance supplied by Barefoot Pathways Transitional Training Centre. Training Facilitator, Scott Douglas conducted regular workshops with students, educating them in workshop safety, tool maintenance and of course bicycle restoration.
The FLO School assists indigenous and non-indigenous secondary students who are struggling with, or have fallen out of, mainstream high school, to reintegrate into available education options. The Bike Restoration program provided students with the ability to break free of the class room, get their hands greasy and restore a donated bicycle.
Daina Hughes, FLO School teacher said that “the program helped students get out of their comfort zone, learn something completely new and pick up valuable skills that they can use in any field.”
The outcome of the program has resulted in 12 bikes being beautifully restored. The results have been so good that the Latrobe Health Assembly has organised a gallery exhibit with the final products. The Latrobe Regional Art Gallery will be presenting the students’ restored bikes to the public from Friday June 29 to Sunday July 2, with an official viewing launch on Friday June 29 at 3.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
FLO School Bike Restoration exhibition:
Where: Latrobe Regional Art Gallery (138 Commercial Road, Morwell).
When: Friday June 29 – Sunday July 2 (official presentation Friday June 29, 3.30pm).
Entry: This is a public exhibit with all members of the public welcome to come and support the student’s hard work.