The role that grandparents play in enriching the lives of local youngsters will be celebrated this year through an eye-catching artistic tribute set to be unveiled this week [Thursday 27/10/22] as part of annual ‘Grandparents Day’ celebrations supported by Sutherland Shire Council.

The display, set to feature more than 40 artworks crafted by children from Sutherland Shire Council’s Canberra Road Early Education Centre in Sylvania, will be installed at Sylvania’s Southgate Shopping Centre from Thursday this week, remaining on display until Monday 31 October.

While the artworks will be the showpiece of the display, there will be opportunities for all local youngsters to engage in the display, which is designed to celebrate the bond between children, grandparents and older carers.

Also set to feature as part of the display is a ‘Selfie Spot’, encouraging grandparents to join with their grandchildren in posing for a photo in celebration of Grandparent’s Day, or to impress the younger generation with their technological prowess in ‘snapping a selfie’ to share with their grandchildren online or via social media.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce said Grandparent’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate the key role grandparents and seniors play in the lives of children and our community.

“They say it takes a village to raise a child and we know how important grandparents are to local families. Having recently become a grandparent myself, I fully appreciate how special the role is,” said Mayor Pesce.

“We have thousands of grandparents and surrogate grandparents in Sutherland Shire who take on many roles. They’re often a much-needed support system to families, sharing their own life stories, talents and traditions with children.

“There is no better time than Grandparent’s Day to celebrate this unique and treasured relationship.”

Local residents are encouraged to visit Sutherland Shire Council’s ‘Selfie Spot’ at Southgate Sylvania from Thursday 27 to Monday 31 October 2022.

Grandparents Day artworks