Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale initiates collaboration with local schools to empower youth

Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2024 at 2:51:39 PM

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale convened its inaugural School Principals Forum from primary and high schools this week, paving a pathway of collaboration, community engagement and youth empowerment.

The meeting, chaired by Shire President Rob Coales, served as a platform for candid discussions on the prevailing needs and aspirations of the community, particularly concerning its youth. President Coales, who drew insights garnered from the community, shared valuable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities faced by our youth.

President Coales said one of the key priorities that emerged from the forum was improving public transport for young people to access recreation and training opportunities.

“What I heard loud and clear was the lack of public transport options for young people in our Shire,” President Coales said.

“Whether it’s getting children to school, accessing sport and recreation, or attending TAFE courses, the biggest barrier for children and parents is public transport. The Shire is committed to working in partnership with our school principals to advocate to the State Government about this important issue.”

President Coales said the forum also explored how the Shire could become an education centre of excellence for educators who work in the region.

“Together we can leverage our collective expertise to create meaningful opportunities that make Serpentine Jarrahdale the best place for educators to work, while also empowering our youth to pave the way for their success,” says President Coales.

"Our partnership with principals is more than just a collaboration; it's a commitment to the holistic development of our community. By working hand in hand with schools, we can ensure that our initiatives resonate with the needs and aspirations of every young person in Serpentine Jarrahdale."

The forum was attended by President Coales, Shire Councillors and the Executive Team as well as school principals from across the Shire. Given the support and success of the forum the Shire expects to run more of these in the future and thanks all principals for their time and support.

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