LOCAL high school students had a taste of how local government works when the City of Joondalup held its annual midday council meeting on August 16.
About 120 students from Belridge Secondary, Greenwood, Kinross, Lake Joondalup Baptist, Mater Dei, Prendiville Catholic and Woodvale Secondary colleges, Duncraig Senior High, The Montessori, St Mark’s Anglican Community, St Stephen’s and Warwick Senior High schools and Belridge Secondary and Duncraig education support centres also took part in a youth engagement workshop before the meeting.
Writer, comedian and motivational speaker Taku Scrutton led the workshop, organised by the City’s youth services team, titled Youth Leadership: How to speak up (lead) and speak out (advocate).
Students were asked to discuss issues that mattered to them, including self harm, mental illness, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, peer pressure and racism, and how they could ‘speak up and speak out’ about them.
They then attended the council meeting where many took the opportunity to address Mayor Troy Pickard during public question time.
Questions covered a range of topics including sport and recreation facilities, tertiary studies, the role of the mayor and councillors, activities and events for youths, antisocial behaviour at train stations and how the young community can get more involved.
“Elected members choose to hold this meeting of council during the day each year to give local schools an opportunity to send their students along to see first-hand how their local government authority functions and works,” Mr Pickard said.