Media Release – 29 July, 2017
A group of Gundagai schoolkids were given a rare glimpse into the inner workings of government when Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson dropped by for a chat this week.
On Tuesday, Katrina hosted a lively and interactive discussion on local government with the Year 5/6 class from St Patrick’s Primary School in Gundagai.
And out of the mouths of babes came some insightful questions and suggestions, Katrina said.
When asked what local projects would be at the top of their council wish lists, the pupils suggested everything from a walking track along the ‘Bidgee to kid-themed movie nights in the old council chambers. A new animal shelter and an upgrade of local sporting ovals were also among the suggestions.
Katrina even left the pupils with a special project – to come up with ideas for equipment for the soon-to-be-constructed adventure playground in Gundagai, which was announced this week as part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund.
She also encouraged the children to enrol to vote when the time came, explaining that participating in the democratic process was a “huge and important responsibility”.
Katrina said she was overwhelmed with how engaged the children were, describing them as a credit to their families, the school and the community.
“These children all have a stake in the future of Gundagai and yet it’s so easy to overlook how valuable their input into decisions can be,” Katrina said. “They will be the civic leaders of tomorrow and it’s important they realise the role they can play in shaping the community.”
St Patrick’s principal Vincent Powell also gave Katrina a tour of the school, outlining his vision for its future.
THUMBS UP: Katrina is flanked by St Patrick’s Primary School Year 5/6 pupils during a special visit.
Media: Daniel Johns on 6924 2533