As Mayor of the City of Gold Coast it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Somerset Celebration of Literature for 2017. The City of Gold Coast is proud to again support this festival as it continues to grow and become the premier youth literature festival in Australia.
Developing the cultural landscape of the Gold Coast is vital if the city is reach its full potential, so this inspiring festival plays an important role in getting our young people excited about reading and writing. As Mayor, I have been working to develop education as one of the important economic pillars of the city so a focus on literacy is integral to providing future opportunities for our youth.
Literacy remains central to the ability to learn and achieve in modern society, so having interactive sessions and workshops with more than 30 authors from around Australia will greatly assist in cultivating the literacy skills of our young people. Of course, we should all continue to learn and develop and the festival provides this valuable opportunity for both children and adults alike.
Congratulations to Somerset College and all who are involved in delivering this significant literary event. Special thanks to the volunteers who make such a valuable contribution to the success of the festival.
I hope your participation in the Somerset Celebration of Literature will teach and inform you, but more importantly inspire you.
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