The City of Rockingham's Junior Council Program returns

The City's Junior Council program gives young people the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Picture: City of Rockingham.

The City’s Junior Council program resumed on Thursday 23 July 2020, with 67 local students enjoying the opportunity to step foot inside Council Chambers for the first time in a leadership capacity.

The Junior Council program was initially meant to begin in early 2020, however, the difficulties posed by COVID-19 forced the young councillors to wait until it was safe to start again.

Since beginning in 1989 with 12 students, the Junior Council program has grown into a key youth development project at the City that involves students from a variety of local primary schools and young people from alternative education settings.

This year the program will run from July to December, with students set to elect a Junior Mayor and Junior Deputy Mayor in August.

Meetings involve young people developing and debating their own motions. Carried motions are provided to Council as recommendations via the Council Information Bulletin.

The City’s Councillors also attend Junior Council meetings to meet with the students, answer questions and learn more about their aspirations.

“Junior Council has been designed to provide opportunities for young people aged 11/12 years to voice their opinions, ideas and concerns to the City and other decision making bodies,” City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said.

“The program gives junior councillors the chance to gain experience, knowledge and information on the Local Government decision-making process and to have input into decisions that directly affect young people in Rockingham.

“These students are the future of our community and the City is excited to see them develop their leadership skills throughout the program.”

Thirty local schools are involved along with three home schooled students. Schools involved in the Junior Council program are listed as follows: 

Baldivis Primary School

Bungaree Primary School

Charthouse Primary School

Cooloongup Primary School

Comet Bay Primary

Endeavour Schools

East Waikiki Primary School

Hillman Primary School

Golden Bay Primary

Koorana Primary School

Living Waters Lutheran College

Rivergums Primary School

Makybe Rise Primary

Rockingham Beach Primary School

Mother Teresa Catholic College

Rockingham Lakes Primary

Port Kennedy Primary

Rockingham Montessori

Safety Bay Primary

Secret Harbour Primary

St Bernadette's Catholic Primary

Settlers Hills Primary School

Star of The Sea Catholic Primary

Singleton Primary School

Tuart Rise Primary

South Coast Baptist College

Waikiki Primary School

Tranby College

Baldivis Gardens Primary

Warnbro Primary School

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