The City has encouraged a new voice for young people with the creation of the first Youth Council.
The new Youth Council is made up of 12 young people aged between 12 and 17 years old, includes three representatives from each of the four council wards.
Initial priorities for the Youth Council include social and community connections, mental health and wellbeing, and capability (such as skill development, education and employment). The young people will provide advice to the Council on specific issues, plan and run a Youth Summit and provide advice on priority work for the Youth Development Unit.
The introduction of a Youth Council was one of the recommendations of the Citizens’ Jury and the initiative comes on top of further youth development programs aimed at skill development, employment, mental health and wellbeing and leadership. Programs include DRUMBEAT, Girls Go Extreme and teen mental health first aid.