This morning I was invited to speak to grade five and six students at Marlborough Primary School about local government and the role of a councillor.
Marlborough Primary School, located in Heathmont, was in fact my old primary school and it was definitely a rewarding experience to talk to students not only as a local councillor but also as an ex-student.
I was in grade six back in 1992 and the age of 12 years old being elected onto council was probably the furthest thought of my mind.
While my presentation cantered largely on the role of local government my basic message was there is an absence of young people taking an interest in both politics and their local communities. This needs to change to ensure that the interests of young people and the broader community are being addressed.