In recognition of the valuable contribution younger generations can make, Council held a meeting on Tuesday August 8 where representatives from Griffith school’s gave their insight into three major projects being developed.
The students gave their advice on the development of the skatepark, the CBD works, as well as new park upgrades.
Leading the meeting was Urban Design and Strategic Planner Nathan Farnell was impressed.
“I would love to use some of the ideas with all three of the different projects. They are a good bunch,” he said.
School captain of Griffith East Public School Ruby Jones enjoyed the meeting.
“It was very interesting because we got to hear what other people thought, and there was a very broad perspective, it was very interesting hearing all the ideas,” she said.
Principal of Griffith East Public School Andrew Pryor was thrilled the council is looking for input from the students.
“It was great for the kids to be able to give feedback on council initiatives, and I think, looking at the responses they’ve given, the council has received some great ideas,” he said.
Susan Bourne, Principal of Griffith North Public said it was a great initiative of the council, and the students were really engaged with the whole process and “gave some great ideas for the future of Griffith.”
Student representatives came from Griffith Public, Hanwood Public, Lake Wyangan Public, Beelbangera Public, Griffith East, Tharbogang Public, Griffith North Public, Yenda Public, Yoogali Public, Wade High and Marian Catholic College.
Mayor Dal Broi attended the meeting at the Burley Griffin room, and was extremely impressed with the ideas put forward by the students.
“This is the first time we have done this particular kind of meeting,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“We normally have a function with all the school captains with speeches from Councillors, so I thought we’d progress that to tease out their ideas further.”
“The students are the future of Griffith, and especially with our CBD strategy, by the time we have completed the works some of these kids here will be adults, so they can look at the finished product and say they helped implement the design.”