Listening Tour at Esperance
Anglican Community School
Listening Tour at Esperance Anglican Community School
During Term 2 our Year 9 students were fortunate to listen to members of the government as they visited various regional locations. They were travelling as part of a 'Listening Tour' of the region and they toured the new Esperance Jetty (which was funded by the Commonwealth under the Building Better Region Fund to the tune of $4M).
The school welcomed Jennifer O’Bourne, from the Esperance Shire Council, Rick Wilson, the Federal Member of O’Connor, Senator Ben Small and Senator Slade Brockman. We were very fortunate to have this many members of Government visit on one occasion, this is a rarity that our students benefited from.
Each state is represented by 12 Senators, EACS students were privileged to meet and ask questions from two of our state senators, Senator Slade Brockman and Senator Ben Small.
Senator Brockman, having grown up in a farming family from the south-west of WA, has a passion for policy issues concerning rural and regional Australia. His policy interests include agriculture, mining, trade, oil and gas, infrastructure, and regional development.
Senator Ben Small had an extensive career in the maritime and oil and gas industry, from working as a Ship’s Officer through to Marine Manager at Woodside, where he was responsible for managing the safe and cost-efficient execution of marine activities in support of oil and gas exports.
Through the presentation Rick Wilson spoke about how Government is elected and the role of Government, summarising topics covered in Term 2, HASS - Civics and Citizenship learning area.
The presentation was aptly timed as students from Years 7-10 have been learning about the role and structure of Government, aligning with curriculum links and providing first-hand accounts of Member’s responsibilities and how they service our community.
Students have been exploring their democratic rights and freedoms, how they can actively participate in the democratic process and comparing our systems to that of the Asian regions.
The representatives kindly gifted a ‘show bag’ to all students, featuring various information books, CDs and stationery items to share with their families and further explore the topic of Civic and Citizenship