Ethan a voice for students

Gibbs Street Primary School student Ethan Binns. Picture: Martin Kennealey d426400
Gibbs Street Primary School student Ethan Binns. Picture: Martin Kennealey d426400

The Gibbs Street Primary School Year 6 student stood up in front of a full gallery to address former Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds at the September council meeting.

During question time, Ethan spoke about a petition he had organised to get a footpath built at a grassy reserve near his school at 71 Thomas Street, East Cannington.

Ethan’s comments were met with applause from his audience.

‘I think there needs to be a path there because it would make it a lot easier for people to walk through, and encourage more kids to walk to school,’ Ethan said. ‘I saw the state of this place and thought it would be a great idea to do this, so a bin and a path would benefit a lot of the community.’

To get 101 people to sign the petition, Ethan said he hit the streets.

‘I went door-to-door in the surrounding area and introduced myself and said what I was doing, and the people thought it was a great idea,’ he said.

‘I hope this will benefit everyone who walks to school, pet walkers and all adults, because they can walk through to Gibbs Street and think that the path is a nice change.’