On 20 August, a group of six Year 10 students, Bryoni Milne, Chloe McMillan, Mitchell Crocker, Josie Zhang, Alexander Nichols and Emily Dingle, attended a City of Joondalup Youth Forum and a Council Meeting.
The day started with an interactive presentation on ‘Place Making’ by Town Team Movement, an organisation that strives to improve public spaces in the area of Joondalup, and how young people can become involved in the community through ‘place making’ projects.
In school groups, students were invited to reflect on areas in the City of Joondalup and how these places could be improved or activated. For example, we considered adding indigenous-inspired coloured lights to the trees that lined the walkway, adding benches and inviting artists from the Art Gallery to create some art pieces along the path to invite people to the restaurants and businesses in the area. During the process we were introduced to James Gilbert, an Old Scholar from the Class of 2009 who has worked at the City of Joondalup Youth Services for over six years.
After lunch, we attended a formal meeting of the City of Joondalup's Council, and heard about various issues within the community. Students from each school asked questions that concerned their personal beliefs and issues. Alexander and Emily asked about the Leafy City activation within the northern suburbs and how they decided whether if there should be native or non-native species in residential areas.
The next hour and a half consisted of public statements towards the Council on a range of matters, including future land developments, use of school facilities and financial governance. There was significant debate and discussion on the use of the facilities at Sacred Heart College outside of school hours. This topic garnered media attention, as it is very topical, and could have future repercussions for other schools within the City of Joondalup.
This concluded our day, with all students improving their understanding of the workings of our local Council.