Chil­dren help shape Childers

Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent asks schools for ideas

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

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.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN250714CHA1

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.

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