Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson


    Minister urges Kalgoorlie students to leave a message for the future

    17/07/2000 8:00 AM

    Kalgoorlie-Boulder school students have an historic opportunity to reach out to Western Australians living 100 years from now as part of the Messages for the Future project.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson will take time out from the Regional Cabinet meeting in Kalgoorlie today to visit St Mary’s Primary School in Dugan Street and show the children there how easy it is to leave a message.

    A kit containing information about Messages for the Future has been sent to all schools throughout the State.

    “Messages for the Future can be sent electronically via the MillenniumWEST website or in writing to the Office of Citizenship and Multicultural Interests,” Mr Johnson said.

    “These messages will be downloaded or transcribed, stored on compact discs and microfilm and encased in a time capsule which will be displayed in the Swan Bells at Barrack Square.

    “The time capsule then won’t be opened until 2100 - 100 years from now.”

    Mr Johnson said the project was particularly relevant for St Mary’s Primary School, which was celebrating its centenary this year.

    “Students could write a message to the students who will attend St Mary’s 100 years from now and tell them about life in Kalgoorlie in the year 2000,” he said.

    “This is a great opportunity for the students to ‘speak’ to future generations and provide them with a remarkable insight into their lives.”

    Mr Johnson said Messages for the Future would be accepted until December 1, 2000. A master copy would also be stored in the Battye Library.

    For more information, or to leave a Message for the Future, visit the website at

    People can also submit a message in writing to the Office of Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, 2nd floor, 81 St George’s Tce, Perth, 6000.

    Media contact: Fran Hodge (08) 9215 4800