Children help shape Childers
Chamber of Commerce president asks schools for ideas
SCHOOL children across the district have been given a voice in the community, courtesy of the Childers Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber of commerce has teamed up with schools across the district to seek ideas from children about the future needs of the community.
All six schools in the Isis district will be involved in the initiative, with students from Years 1–12 being given an opportunity to have their say on what the town needs.
The initiative is the brainchild of chamber president Troy Madle.
Mr Madle said he would visit each school twice a year to collect students’ thoughts, which the chamber would use to formulate a plan to improve facilities.
While it was early days, Mr Madle said he believed the initiative would be an effective tool in helping the town to grow and prosper.
“The key behind it all is bringing the community together. At the moment we’re isolated and we have little pockets everywhere,” he said.
“We want to get back that pride in Childers.
“Something good will come out of it.”
Mr Madle said at the end of the day it was about employment opportunities.
“If I can make Childers attractive, businesses will come to Childers ... that’s my goal,” he said.
“I’m opening doors I never imagined would be there.
“I don’ t know what the final outcome will be but I’m going to keep going and see what we can get from it.”
The chamber president said he had already visited a number of schools to collect the thoughts of young ones.
“I spoke to kids in primary schools as little as Grade 1 or 2 right through to Grade 7 – they’re smart kids,” he said.
“We’re making them think outside the square.”
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School principal John Hinton welcomed the idea to give children a voice in the community.
“The kids have an opportunity and a forum to become active participants in the community that they live in, and not passive ones,” he said.
Booyal Central State School principal Dawn Dolinski also welcomed the idea.
“Many of the students were amazed that Troy had taken their opinions seriously enough to travel to Booyal,” she said.
“They enjoyed sharing their ideas and discussing how to make Childers an even more attractive town for businesses and residents to settle in.”
Mrs Dolinski said her students were keen to be involved in the Chamber of Commerce’s future initiatives.
YOUNG LEADERS: Childers State School captains Maya Farimbella, Samuel Nixon and Riley Harney share ideas for the future of Childers with Chamber of Commerce president Troy Madle.