Kimba Area School students visit council

LEADERS: Members of the Kimba Area School Student Forum at the council chambers.
LEADERS: Members of the Kimba Area School Student Forum at the council chambers.

Kimba Area School student leaders paid a visit to the Kimba District Council chambers this week to see first-hand how the elected members conduct meetings.

Around twelve members of the Student Forum from years three to twelve sat in the gallery at this month's council meeting as part of their introduction to leadership.

The students were elected to their positions at the end of last year, and teacher Meagan Lienert said they were learning "a bit more about being a leader in the community" through a variety of activities.

She said the aim of the excursion was to "observe meeting protocols" and "to see what sorts of things they talk about."

In a debriefing session after the meeting, Mrs Lienert said the students commented on the formal nature of the meeting, with members referring to one another by their councillor title and speaking through the chair.

The students discussed how they may be able to incorporate similar formalities into their meetings.

It is the first time in many years that the Student Forum has visited the council chambers, and plans are in place to continue the relationship with the council.

Mayor Dean Johnson and chief executive officer Deb Larwood will be speaking to the group about taking on leadership roles within the community, and the students will be taught about deputations should they wish to approach the council for assistance with any projects.

Mrs Lienert said the relationship was mutually beneficial, allowing the council to receive feedback from young people in the community.

She said the Forum was in "planning stages" for 2019, but already had a focus on improving facilities for older children beyond organised sport, a topic that is currently on the council's radar.