Interns Gain Valuable Experience at the Shire of Carnarvon

Published on Monday, 19 December 2022 at 10:45:38 AM

The Shire was delighted to have three University of Western Australia students work with us for two and a half weeks as part of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship intern program. James, Ashley and Yasmeen worked in different departments across the Shire and experienced life in regional Western Australia while gaining hands-on knowledge of the workings of Local Government. 

James is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Classic & Ancient History. Assisting with the planning for the April 2023 Rocks Carnarvon Festival, James worked under the supervision of Harriet Murphy, Manager of Economic Development.

“Being granted the chance to play a part in such a monumental event for the region was a truly rewarding experience,” said James. “Working at the Shire of Carnarvon has allowed me to develop a new appreciation and gain invaluable insights into the various types of work undertaken by Local Government.”

UWA Masters of Biological Science student Ashley, worked in collaboration with the Visitor Centre team to produce and map seven walking and drive trails within the Carnarvon townsite. Ashley also completed a signage audit of existing trails, providing a report to improve serviceability and overall perception of the tracks and trails already in use.

Ashley’s work during his internship is in the process of being uploaded to the Visitor Centre website to showcase to our community and visitors alike, the diverse environmental and historical trails available within walking distance of the town, encouraging them to stay a little longer in the region.

Yasmeen is studying a Master of International Relations and Law. Working under the supervision of Andrea Selvey, Chief Executive Officer, Yasmeen’s focus was directed to identifying ways the Shire can better connect with the business community. Yasmeen spent her internship researching and implementing methods for better engagement and reduction in barriers for businesses wishing to establish or diversify commercial operations. The Shire has committed to providing a dedicated Business Concierge business support service, based on Yasmeen’s findings, and are looking forward to providing improved support to our local business community.

“It was amazing getting to know the local community within the Shire of Carnarvon, understanding local businesses, and checking out the natural landscapes like the Quobba Blowholes and beaches,” said Yasmeen.

We wish James, Ashley and Yasmeen all the best for the rest of their studies, and thank them for their valuable contribution to the Shire and in turn, the community!

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