Bland Council's TikTok competition shows shire is anything but bland

Bland Shire Council's Community Relations Officer, Craig Sutton and Community Development Officer Rebecca McDonell got the TikTok Talent Quest started with an entry of their own.
Bland Shire Council's Community Relations Officer, Craig Sutton and Community Development Officer Rebecca McDonell got the TikTok Talent Quest started with an entry of their own.

One NSW council has come up with an idea to keep the community engaged during COVID-19 - TikTok Talent Quest.

Bland Shire Council in the NSW Riverina started a TikTok competition with the community as part of Youth Week, and received 43 videos in total, including one from the shire's health workers.

Bland Shire Council's health workers joined the competition

Bland Shire Council's Craig Sutton said the idea arose when the council started thinking of how they could celebrate Youth Week this year given COVID-19 restrictions.

"It was impossible to get people together in a group and do any of the activities we had been planning so we thought how can we interact with young people online?" Mr Sutton said.

"The other thing was to give them something to do during the school holidays, something different and fun they could together with their families.

"The idea was then to share them and give the community a bit of a laugh and something to smile about during what's been a fairly quiet time.

"The positive reaction it's had and the feedback has been incredible."

The winners of the competition were announced today based on which finalist's video received the most amount of interactions online.

Two-year-old Bowie Loudon won the individual category

Two-year-old Bowie Loudon, West Wyalong won the individual category for his very energetic dancing.

His mum, Casey said he was egged on by his older sister and two older brothers.

"They're right into it so he copies them, he knows what to do the different music comes on," Ms Loudon said.

She said Bowie was enjoying being the star of the TikTok competition.

"Everyone keeps asking him about it every time they see him now," Ms Loudon said.

Jacqui and Neil Cuthbertson won the family category

The family entry winner was Jacqui and Neil Cuthbertson, West Wyalong, who entered a hilarious rendition featuring Neil's legs.

Ms Cuthbertson said she downloaded TikTok for her four children in the school holidays, but quickly it became apparent that Mum was having the most fun.

"I took over because I like it more then they do," Ms Cuthbertson said.

"My husband is an ambulance officer and he said he didn't want his face in it so that's why we went with the legs."

She said she thought it was a great idea by the council.

"That's why I did it because I thought it was really good for the community to get involved," Ms Cuthbertson said.

The council also awarded the health care workers' TikTok with a special prize, the Mayor and General Manager thanking them for their work during this time.


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