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Developing our Research Skills

Over the holidays, you will be researching about the Camden area, our local government and some of the issues that are a challenge in our area.

What is research?

What do you think is research? Write down your ideas about what research is and then share this with your group. 


What do you think keywords are?

The keywords in your assignment sheet are:

  • Local Government,
  • Camden
  • ideas to make our community a better place.
  • local issues
Highlight these words on your research sheet. Why are these words important?

Taking Notes

Watch the following video:

Look at the following section of a page from the Camden Council Website: 

Local Government Elections are held every four years in the month of September. 
Council is composed of nine (9) Councillors across three (3) Wards (Central, South and North Ward). Council's Ward Map indicates the location of each Ward and the suburbs within that Ward.
The Mayor's office is in the Camden Council Administration Building located at 70 Central Avenue, Oran Park. Appointments can be made by ringing Council during normal business hours on (02) 4654 7777 or via email.
At the Council meeting of 27 September 2016, Councillor Lara Symkowiak was elected Mayor, and Councillor Theresa Fedeli was elected Deputy Mayor, for the 2016 - 2018 period.

What are the treasure words in this passage? Which words help to understand about the local council? Which words are trash words? 

Research Paper Outline:

This is a model of what your research paper should look like: 


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