The City of Rockingham recently held elections for its 2018 Junior Council Leadership team, with Year 6 students from across the community getting the opportunity to showcase their leadership skills.
Comet Bay Primary School’s Ella Smith and Rockingham Montessori School’s Keira Fuller were elected as the City’s Junior Mayors, while Emily Musson from Makybe Rise Primary School and Sharol Naidu from Bungaree Primary School were chosen as deputies.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels hailed the quality of the students elected for 2018.
“The Junior Council program has been running in the City since it began in 1989 with 12 students and has grown with the community to involve more than 60 Year Six students from local primary schools and alternative education settings,” Mayor Sammels said.
“I salute the class of 2018 on the quality of their speeches and the excellent leadership skills they displayed during the elections.”
The Junior Council meets once a month in the City of Rockingham Chambers and operates in a similar way to an ordinary council meeting.
Rockingham Montessori School Principal Vanessa Aikins said Keira had been with the school since she was three years old.
“We are delighted about Keira’s selection as Junior Mayor for the City of Rockingham and have no doubt she will do an exceptional job in this role,” Ms Aikins said.
Comet Bay Primary School Principal Graeme Watson said Ella had always been a leader within the school.
Despite the rough weather, the first event was a success. Not too many people turned up, but the conversations I had with local residents were great, and the coffee from Goldilocks Coffee Van went down a treat.
Put this date in your diaries as we’re doing it again, this Saturday the 9th of June 2018. Come on down to Don Cuthbertson Reserve to have a Coffee with your Councillor. It’s an opportunity to have your questions answered, voice your concerns, or just have a chat about how you’d like to see the City of Rockingham thrive.
Hope to see you there, the first 10 coffees are on me.
The City hosted an event at the Gary Holland Centre last month to celebrate and recognise the invaluable work of volunteers from a huge number of groups across Rockingham.
It was an honour to help present a number of the awards. Special mention to Cathy Harris of the Hillman PS Board, and to the Councils own Mark Jones who was recognised for his work with the Alfred Hines Seaside Camp in Point Peron.
Last month, I rolled up my sleeves and joined the volunteers at Friends of Point Peron for a morning of environmental work.
Friends of Point Peron was founded by James Mumme more than 10 years ago. In that time they’ve worked to protect and preserve the natural vegetation, worked educate the public of the environmental damage the Mangles Bay Marina would cause, and have pushed for the establishment of a sustainable future for the entirety of Cape Peron.
I spent a few hours with them and was surprised by just how much of an impact five people could make in just a few hours. The weeds we pulled or cut down were collected in large piles and the sheer size of them was amazing.
The Friends of Point Peron meet on a regular basis, sometimes as often as twice a week and carry out a variety of tasks. They’ll soon start collecting seeds from native trees that will be propagated and planted in areas in need of re-vegetation.
If you’d like to help volunteer a few hours of your time to help a great cause, please let me know and I’ll put you in contact with James.
I had a great time, and will certainly be back volunteering my time again soon.