Future councillors finish up their term
AMONG the Murweh Shire Youth Council, Mayor Annie Liston sees the future of the region: young people who will one day step up to become councillors and mayors in their own right.
The 16 young councillors, ranging from years 6 to 12, wrapped up their final meeting for the year last week, and are ready to run their final project as the current Council.
“Four times a year this group meets, and in part, it is about teaching them how to conduct a meeting, and they will go out there and tell us at Council what their wish list is,” Cr Liston said.
“So their next project will be the Christmas street party, where they will be doing some activities for a bit of fundraising.”
The group of school students from Charleville, Morven and the School of Distance Education have their minds set on continuing a project from their 2019 term when they return in the new school year.
“They would like to see a water park happen, and that’s their main thing at the moment,” Cr Liston said.
“They presented to us at Council about their project, and one of us councillors attend the Youth Council meeting; we are really keen to have a listen about what their wishes are, and they are also very enthusiastic and community oriented, so it’s great.”
While their official duties for the year are nearly up, and some students have left the Youth Council chamber for the final time, Cr Liston believes many of them will one day find themselves being sworn in to the Murweh Shire Council.
“They are very enthusiastic now at this young age, so hopefully that passion continues for the community., we are very proud of the students for being a part of the Youth Council,” she said.