City appoints new Youth Council; releases draft Youth Action Plan for comment
Eighteen young people have been appointed to the City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council for 2023/2024.
The group was endorsed at the January Council meeting and the outgoing Councillors were thanked for their contribution. There is a mix of eight new members and 10 returning members.
The group’s main focus over the 2023/2024 term will be overseeing the implementation of the Youth Action Plan; a draft of the plan has been released for public comment until Tuesday February 28. To comment on the draft plan, visit: https://letstalkgreaterbendigo.com.au/draft-youth-action-plan
Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf congratulated the Youth Councillors on their appointment and said she looked forward to the contribution they would make.
“Introducing a Youth Council has been really valuable to capture the perspective of young people and ensure their feedback is considered in the planning and development of our city and region,” Cr Metcalf said.
“This has been a very positive way to grow leadership skills in local young people, which they can then use at school, university, sporting clubs or workplaces. It is also a really valuable opportunity to increase young people’s understanding about Local Government, its role in the community and how they can influence positive outcomes.
“The new Youth Action Plan will guide the City’s commitment to young people and is aligned with current strategies, including the Council Plan and Health and Wellbeing Plan.
“Actions include micro-credential training, accessing opportunities for work experience and career planning, promoting safety around gender identity, providing strategic advice on City plans and strategies, developing media and events skills, celebrating young people’s achievements, celebrating First Nations culture and offering volunteering opportunities.
“Following consultation, the final Youth Action Plan will be adopted by Council and will provide the scope of work for City staff focused on supporting young people in Greater Bendigo.”
Current Youth Mayor Victoria Tangey said the new Youth Council was excited about the opportunity to represent local young people.
“The Youth Action Plan will be a very important framework for young people in Greater Bendigo. So, it’s important young people speak up and contribute with their feedback. It’s paramount their voices are heard too, that is why the engagement process is so important,” Ms Tangey said.
“The Youth Council is entering its third term in 2023. I have been a Youth Councillor from the beginning, in 2019, and it has been wonderful to watch the progress and development of our skills, reputation and advice.
“We have eight new Youth Councillors who all bring valuable skills and experience to the table. I’m so honoured to have participated in such a rewarding program for so long, I’m sure the 10 returning Youth Councillors feel the same. Watch this space, there are exciting things coming from the Youth Council in the 2023/2024 term.”
The Youth Council 2023-2024 membership is as follows:
Returning Youth Councillors:
- Abby Patten (16 years old, Bendigo Senior Secondary College)
- EJ Clayton (20 years old, employed)
- Emily Pennington (16 years old, Bendigo Senior Secondary College)
- Lilly Correll (16 years old, Bendigo Senior Secondary College)
- Max McKellar (16 years old, Bendigo Senior Secondary College)
- Mia Thomas (17 years old, Bendigo Senior Secondary College)
- Sean Cox (17 years old, Bendigo Senior Secondary College)
- Remus Brasier (17 years old, Girton Grammar)
- Ryan Peterson (23 years old, La Trobe University Bendigo)
- Victoria Tangey (21 years old, Deakin University)
New Youth Councillors:
- Augustine Leung (17 years old, Girton Grammar)
- Ben Reid (17 years old, Catherine McAuley College)
- Freya Nicoletti (15 years old, Girton Grammar)
- Jemima Kreutzer (16 years old, Marist College)
- Jonah Zoch (18 years old, La Trobe University Bendigo)
- Lexi Rasmussen (15 years old, Bendigo South East College)
- Sharlee Dunolly-Lee (21 years old, La Trobe University Melbourne)
- Zoe Di Camillo (14 years old, Bendigo South East College)