Greater Hume Shire Council held its Local Government Work Inspiration day in Culcairn on 1st August, 2014. Fifteen Year 9 students from Billabong High School were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Council to find out what Council does for its community and why. Many of Council’s staff were invited to tell students about their personal career journey and what attracted them to their present roles. As part of the day students observed or participated in many of the various Council functions to deepen their knowledge of the work of a Local Government authority in the community.
As part of the day, the students were involved in a project to ‘design a skate park’ that included site selection, park design, budgeting and fund raising. Working in four groups, each group presented its scheme to the other students, Council staff and project organisers and their enthusiasm for the task was evident in the quality of the presentations.
A pleasing outcome from the Local Government Work Inspiration day was that a number of students identified trades they would like to pursue in light of opportunities that might arise at Greater Hume Shire Council. Council will continue its engagement with these students in coming years with a view to filling future trade vacancies with these enthusiastic young people. Other students were impressed with the variety of professional careers available in the Local Government sector in areas such as child care, libraries, engineering, health and building, finance and accounting and management.
Greater Hume Shire Council is one of 14 Council’s in Riverina Eastern Regional Organisations of Councils (REROC) and the first to offer a Local Government Work Inspiration event. There is strong support from other REROC members to continue the roll out of these events aimed at increasing awareness of the many and varied careers that Local Government offers.