Spending a day in the mayor’s shoes
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.