James Ford is at least six years from being able to vote, but for one day he was able to call the shots at Camden Council as “mayor’’.
Not only that, but the Year 6 Spring Farm Public School student impressed the “real’’ Camden mayor with his performance.
James won Camden Council’s public speaking competition, which saw 16 Year Six students from primary schools throughout the Camden area compete for the title of mayor for a day.
Milly Wallace from Mount Annan Christian College won the right to be Camden Deputy Mayor for a day.
The competition is held annually as part of Local Government Week celebrations.
The grown up, elected Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, said the event was a great opportunity for young people to share their vision for the future of Camden.
“Young James Ford was really calm and spoke amazingly about his ideas – we were very impressed!” Cr Fedeli said.
“Our future leaders were truly on show this year.
“Each student impressed me with their ideas as well as their confidence speaking in public.”
The speakers were assessed by Cr Fedeli and 2019 young citizen of the year, Joanna Kolevris, on their presentation, knowledge of local government and the Camden area and their ideas to improve the area.
Camden Public School’s student representative council also visited council’s administration building and Oran Park library for a tour, as part of Local Government Week.