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Earlier this year, various Year 9 Kolbe Catholic College students, including Zane Holmes, entered a competition run by Bendigo Bank.

This competition invited students to look at ways they can improve their local community.

“The competition was fun but it took a lot of hard work investigating different ideas to improve Rockingham.

“The challenging part was coming up with a┬ánew, original idea that had not yet been thought of,” he said.

In order to find out what the Rockingham community needed, Zane set out to ask the community.

He had the privilege of presenting his final idea to the Rockingham City Council last week.

“My idea was to have a box in the Rockingham Library which the local homelessness community could take from as required.”

“Obviously the box would be monitored by the library staff, but the idea is basically to have a food hamper in one location which is continually topped up,” Zane said.

Zane Holmes’ idea aimed to help those 9,500 West Australians which 2011 census data revealed were without a home.