Stu­dents en masse at coun­cil meet­ing

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

MORE than 130 stu­dents from 14 lo­cal high schools at­tended the City of Joon­dalup’s coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day.

The City has held one coun­cil meet­ing dur­ing the day each year since 2006 to al­low stu­dents to see first-hand how their lo­cal gov­ern­ment works.

Mayor Troy Pickard said it was one of the City’s high­est ever at­ten­dances, with stu­dents com­ing from Belridge Se­condary, Greenwood, Kin­ross, Lake Joon­dalup Bap­tist, Mater Dei, Sa­cred Heart and Wood­vale se­condary col­leges, Montes­sori School, Ocean Reef and War­wick se­nior high schools, St Mark’s Angli­can Com­mu­nity School, St Stephen’s School and Belridge and Dun­craig se­condary ed­u­ca­tion sup­port cen­tres.

Stu­dents asked ques­tions be­fore the meet­ing and dur­ing pub­lic ques­tion time and Mr Pickard spoke to them at length about the role of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and his role as mayor.

Ques­tions covered top­ics in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture and soft­fall ma­te­ri­als ver­sus sand at parks, how the City sup­ports bud­ding ath­letes, recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties for mu­sic and the arts, home­less­ness, un­em­ploy­ment, waste and re­cy­cling, the clo­sure of the horse beach, the pos­si­bil­ity of the City cre­at­ing a writ­ing group for peo­ple with spe­cial needs and traf­fic con­ges­tion around Hil­larys Boat Har­bour.

Mr Pickard also wore the may­oral robes fol­low­ing a “spe­cial re­quest”.

“There’s prob­a­bly a large num­ber of staff and some coun­cil­lors that have never seen me in the robes,” he said.

“Adding a lit­tle bit of pomp to the coun­cil meet­ing, which is the tra­di­tion from our her­itage in the United King­dom.”

Many of the stu­dents also at­tended the City’s youth lead­er­ship fo­rum ear­lier in the day, where Bali Bomb­ing sur­vivor Phil Brit­ten was the guest speaker.

Phil Brit­ten de­liv­ered a mem­o­rable speech at the City of Joon­dalup’s 2017 Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum.

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