Mayor Harwood Inspires Future Leaders

The City of Greater Geelong's Mayor Bruce Harwood (OGC 1978) visited the Middle School today to talk with students in the Year 7 Born to Rule class.

Mayor Harwood spoke about his journey into local council politics, and how a campaign to upgrade some netball courts inspired him to run for council.

He has since spent 13 years as a Geelong councillor and been Mayor twice, which makes him one of the most qualified people to speak to our students about the municipal council system, the City of Greater Geelong area and the dilemmas councillors face every day. He said that among the city's big challenges was providing the infrastructure to meet Geelong's incredible population growth of 140 people a week.

The Born to Rule students have been operating their own democratic system this term, with districts and a parliament. Their insightful and wide-ranging questions for Bruce covered topics such as the Adani coal mine, high-rise apartment buildings, cruise ships visiting Geelong, the long-term vision for Geelong, and whether he had plans to be a state or federal politician.

To end the class, two young aspiring city leaders were given the chance to wear the grand Mayoral Robes, as well as the accompanying gold chain that dates back to the 1900s and is worth about $250,000!

Thank you to Mayor Harwood for taking time from his busy schedule to deepen our students' understanding of local council!

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