Keynote speaker Holley Somerville talks to peers at the Our Voice converence about her charity foundation and new soap brand Photo Cathryn McLauchlan / The Northern Star
Keynote speaker Holley Somerville talks to peers at the Our Voice converence about her charity foundation and new soap brand Photo Cathryn McLauchlan / The Northern Star Cathryn Mclauchlan

400 kids gather to speak about environment

STUDENTS from all over the region came together for the Our Voice conference in Lismore on Friday to discuss what they can do to support a sustainable future.

The conference, for young people and by young people, was hosted by Southern Cross University.

Event coordinator Simone Lewis from the university said the conference was all about bringing students together on important issues.

"We've had about 400 students from about 20 local schools come down and present their ideas and projects," she said.

"It's been a really great day ... we've had so many inspiring students sharing their stories and taking on some leadership roles."

The keynote speaker was Holley Somerville-Knott, 12, from Ocean Shores Public School. She said by speaking at Our Voice she hoped to show students what they were capable of doing.

"I wanted to inspire kids to do whatever it is they're passionate about," she said.

"I was talking about how I'm the CEO and founder of my own charity foundation.

"I was also speaking about the palm oil issues in the Borneo rainforest ... I created a brand of soaps made from an alternative from palm oil." 

For more information about Holley and her charity, visit the Holley Somerville Facebook page.

Lismore High students shared their favourite parts of the conference. 

"We had to get this picture and then cut it up ... and then paste it on a bit of paper with gaps so it looked really cool," Angus Gallagher, 13, said.

"I think the one Ocean Shores did was really cool," Tully Somerville, 13, said.

"They got all this rubbish from the beach and they got old tyres and they made it into this massive turtle."

Ms Lewis said roughly 400 students from 20 primary schools and high schools attended the conference.  



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