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Schoolkids try to convince Mayor on nuclear-free movement

Cr Neoh has refused to sign the symbolic agreement saying it was not for local government to make a decision on.

School targets Neoh in anti-nuclear campaign, The Warrnambool Standard, PETER COLLINS. 22 Jul, 2010 Hawkesdale schoolchildren are keen to persuade Warrnambool’s mayor Cr Michael Neoh to change his mind and support their push for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Unlike Moyne and Glenelg shire councils which backed the ‘Mayors for Peace’ initiative promoted by Hawkesdale P-12 College classes, Cr Neoh has refused to sign the symbolic agreement saying it was not for local government to make a decision on. So far the issue has got no further than Cr Neoh’s office.

He said yesterday he received a request to attend a nuclear disarmament forum in May at Hawkesdale, but was unable to attend because of prior engagements…….

“This issue is like abortion, religion and medical ethics where individual councillors have individual views.

“I don’t see how councillors can impose their personal views to make a policy position…………….

Corangamite, Southern Grampians and Colac Otway shires will discuss the request before their mayors make a commitment.

Project leader at the college, Marg Murnane, said she was disappointed at not gaining support from Cr Neoh, but would send a formal request hoping it would be discussed by the full council.

“Mayors for Peace is a worldwide initiative, a symbolic statement,” she said.

“I’ve been working with grades five and six classes for three years on the topic of nuclear arms abolition. Many of them had not even heard about Hiroshima.

“We’ve also written to US President Obama and asked if he would meet us if he comes to Australia. It’s a topic I’m keen for the wider community to debate.”

School targets Neoh in anti-nuclear campaign – Local News – News – General – The Warrnambool Standard

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