Rockingham Junior Council wraps up for 2017


Back: Junior Councillors: Aidan Wilson, Lexie Pringle, Talon Lutey and Sethunya Baas. Front: Junior Deputy Mayor Luka Banovic, Junior Mayor Daisy Chalken and Junior Councillor Rylen Duffy.
Back: Junior Councillors: Aidan Wilson, Lexie Pringle, Talon Lutey and Sethunya Baas. Front: Junior Deputy Mayor Luka Banovic, Junior Mayor Daisy Chalken and Junior Councillor Rylen Duffy.

ASPIRING young councillors wrapped up the year with their final Rockingham Junior Council Meeting for 2017.

Run by the City of Rockingham’s youth development team, Year 6 students from primary schools throughout Rockingham participate in local government.

Complete with a Junior Mayor, Junior Deputy Mayor and Junior Councillors, students learn about local government processes and what it is like to run a big city like Rockingham.

Addressing the students, Cr Joy Stewart said the 2017 group had displayed intelligent views on real City issues.

“You have gotten an insight into the complex workings of local government,” she said.

“It is our hope the experience will stimulate and inspire you to stand on council in the future.

“If not, it provides experience with speaking and making decisions.”

“You have expressed intelligent views on issues such as the Port Kennedy Skate Park, the Aqua Jetty and on a coastal study.

“You have shown the basis for strong leadership.”

She said there were 60 participants this year, which showed students were interested and cared about local issues.

The students chose their own motions to put forward at each council meeting followed by a debate of their ideas.

During the final meeting, motions put forward included what to do with the vacant land adjacent to Rockingham City Shopping Centre and ways to avoid wildlife collisions with cars.