Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Schools Youth -

Around 100 stu­dents from lo­cal pri­mary and high schools have vis­ited the Coun­cil Cham­bers at Hawkes­bury City Coun­cil as part of a May­oral re­cep­tion for stu­dent lead­ers.

Stu­dents, prin­ci­pals and teach­ers met with the Mayor of Hawkes­bury, Coun­cil­lor Barry Calvert, which in­cluded a tour of the Mayor’s of­fice and the Coun­cil Cham­bers.

The stu­dent lead­ers en­joyed the chance to think about what it was like to be a Coun­cil­lor, while other stu­dents had a go at be­ing the Gen­eral Man­ager or Coun­cil Di­rec­tors in a mock Coun­cil Meet­ing un­der the Mayor’s guid­ance.

The Mayor talked about how lo­cal govern­ment works, where it fits in the scheme of Govern­ment gen­er­ally and how the three spheres of govern­ment re­late to each other and “who does what”. He dis­cussed lo­cal is­sues and how the State Govern­ment builds bridges over the river. Coun­cil’s Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager Suzanne Stuart pro­vided an in­sight into the work­ings of Coun­cil it­self and told stu­dents about the many events that Coun­cil hosts or spon­sors that of­ten ap­peal to young peo­ple in the Hawkes­bury, such as the up­com­ing Youth Fest on 12 April at Rich­mond Park.

When quizzing the stu­dents with var­i­ous ques­tions, Coun­cil­lor Calvert was im­pressed by the stu­dents’ com­bined knowl­edge about govern­ment gen­er­ally. The Mayor said he hoped that the stu­dents would con­tinue their in­ter­est in pol­i­tics, an in­ter­est he de­vel­oped at a young age him­self, cul­mi­nat­ing in 20 years as a Coun­cil­lor and now the Mayor of Hawkes­bury.

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