Pictured L-R: Keeley Bulled, Charli Horchner, Riley Knowles, Naughton Lovell.
On Wednesday 26 August, the QAHS Junior Council members and I were fortunate to meet with Cr Brooke Patterson, the newly elected Councillor for division 6. We were given the opportunity to ask Cr Patterson about her role and learn more about local government. It was incredibly inspiring to hear her story of getting into politics and her passion in the belief that the primary goal of the Gold Coast Council is to serve its people.
Among the variety of discussion topics covered in the meeting, we discussed how best to reach youth on social media and the responsibilities of both citizens and Councillors when starting up city initiatives. Often our generation doesn't believe their voice is important or mature enough to be heard by the local government. However, she assured us that this simply isn't true; sometimes all it takes is an email to your local Councillor to make big change happen!
We were also given the opportunity to ask Cr Patterson how the COVID-19 response has impacted the local Council. She explained that despite the hardships, it was heart-warming to see that the majority of Gold Coasters were eager to support one another and keep the community safe. Furthermore, she shared that working from home highlighted the diversity in how certain people work, some benefitting and some struggling without their usual 9-5 workday. Therefore, one positive takeaway from the past year has been that the workplace in the future will hopefully adopt a more flexible and individualised approach.
Overall, the meeting was a wonderful chance to understand what the role of a Councillor entails, shining light upon the hard work and personality that goes into our local decision making. I would like to give a huge thank you to Kerry Kable from the Gold Coast City Council (our fantastic Youth Officer) and Naughton Lovell for organising this event with Cr Patterson.
Year 10 Student
Junior Council Member