Spend­ing a day in the mayor’s shoes

Gatton Star - - LIFE | COMMUNITY -

FAITH Lutheran Col­lege stu­dent So­phie New­lyn took the day off school last week.

But it wasn’t a sickie. Far from it, as she spent her Wed­nes­day ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what it’s like to spend a day in the life of Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan.

“They’ve been so wel­com­ing and it’s such a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment while still be­ing very busi­ness-like,” So­phie said.

“It’s a good en­vi­ron­ment to be a part of.

“It’s an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity and if any­one gets this op­por­tu­nity they should re­ally jump on it.”

So­phie doesn’t see pol­i­tics in her fu­ture, in­stead she hopes to fol­low her pas­sion for agri­cul­ture, but ap­pre­ci­ated the chance to get a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence with lo­cal govern­ment.

As a high school stu­dent, Cr Mil­li­gan didn’t ever ex­pect to be in the po­si­tion she is cur­rently in.

She was threat­ened with ex­pul­sion at one point and ad­mit­ted she “wasn’t the eas­i­est teenager” to han­dle for teach­ers and her mother alike.

The men­tor­ship pro­gram was estab­lished when she came into of­fice last year as she recog­nised the im­por­tance men­tors can play in un­lock­ing young peo­ple’s po­ten­tial.

“For me I had some great teach­ers and some re­ally good sup­port net­works at the school that sup­ported me... peo­ple that be­lieved in you,” Cr Mil­li­gan said.

“That’s why I re­ally value this be­cause I would re­ally hope that it cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple and it’s an op­por­tu­nity for us as coun­cil to be men­tors and pro­vide some lead­er­ship.”

Faith Lutheran Col­lege stu­dent So­phie New­lyn.

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