FRIENDLY people, great towns and excellent resources were just some of the things students said they loved most about living in the Central Highlands at the Youth Leaders Mayoral Lunch earlier this month.
School leaders from Emerald, Tieri, Capella, Anakie and Gindie were invited to the lunch by Mayor Peter Maguire to voice their opinions on the region and the opportunities and challenges facing youth in the area.
The Year 6, 7 and 12 students gave speeches to their peers and Cr Maguire, after enjoying a tasty lunch prepared by the Emerald State High School hospitality class and receiving Youth Leader Mayoral Certificates.
Cr Maguire said the lunch also gave council a chance to give students the recognition they deserved for their leadership roles in the community.
“It’s a very important role to take on in the school and community environments,” he said.
“It gives them the opportunity to talk to each other about important issues.”
The lunch was a first for Emerald and Cr Maguire said he hoped it would become an annual event.
“It gives students an opportunity to voice their opinions and have their views heard,” he said.
“And it gives them confidence in public speaking and presenting to their peers.”
Cr Maguire said it was nice to hear the younger students say how proud they were of their schools and the communities they live in.
“I think it’s good that young people see there are opportunities in this region,” he said.
Overall Cr Maguire said he was impressed with positives and negatives expressed by the kids.
“They were all brilliant and they did a fantastic job with their speeches,” he said.
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