Two hundred and eighty primary school children from across the Upper Hunter Shire submitted ideas of what they would do as ‘Mayor for a Day’. Proposals included helping the homeless, fixing roads, cleaning up rubbish, and more playgrounds were popular.
This year younger students from Kindergarten to Year 2 were able to enter a juniors competition by designing a postcard about a special place in the Shire. Entries included farms, rivers, horse studs and skate parks.
The individual winners from each school had the opportunity to read out their written entries at last night’s meeting in front of councillors, families and friends.
Charlotte’s winning entry promised new play equipment, footy fields, bike tracks and skate parks, a basketball contest, weekend markets, clean up days and more school shops. She also proposed a “National PJ Day” when it rains and you stay home and watch movies, and “a telescope area to see the stars on special occasions”.
Mayor for a Day School winners 2016
Junior Mayor for a Day School winners 2016
Council congratulated all the children who entered Mayor for a Day for their thoughts about how to improve their community.
The Mayor for a Day competition is held in partnership with Upper Hunter schools as part of NSW Local Government Week, to encourage students to learn more about their Council and how to have their views heard.
The competition encourages children to think about their community, the type of services Council provides and to take an interest in local government. All participants in Mayor for a Day received a certificate of appreciation.
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Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.