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Kingston students become Mayor for a day

5 May 2016

Students from six local primary schools will soon have their chance to be Mayor for a day.

The students will spend a day with Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley to learn more about the role of local council in the community.

Students from Aspendale Gardens Primary, Chelsea Heights Primary, Mentone Girls’ Grammar, Parktone Primary, St Mark’s Primary and Westall Primary schools have signed up the for the day on Thursday 12 May.

They will spend time learning about

  • bike and pedestrian safety, particularly around schools plus the school crossing supervisor program
  • how playgrounds are designed and built
  • how Council meetings work, including the speaker system and the live internet streaming.

Students will also meet with Officer Beau, Kingston Council’s resident dog, to talk about responsible pet ownership.

Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley, who is a primary school specialist teacher, said the pilot project ‘Day with the Mayor’ was a great way for young people to learn about different levels of government.

“Your local council provides over 100 different services week in, week out,” Cr Bearsley said. “Take a look around your community and you’ll see dozens of Council service including libraries, immunisations for babies, keeping sports grounds in top condition for local clubs, the Kingston Arts Centre, major drainage projects to minimise flooding in our neighbourhoods, facilities for senior citizen clubs, kindergartens, graffiti removal, trees planted at parks and along our foreshore, meals delivered to elderly residents and running your local swimming pool – just to name a few!”

“We’re looking forward to a great day where students can find out more about how their community works and learn how they can play a part in making sure Kingston is a safe, fun space for local young people,” she said.    

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