The City has encouraged a voice for young people with the creation of the first Youth Council in 2019.
The Youth Council is made up of 12 young people aged between 12 and 17 years old, with three representatives from each of the four council wards.
In 2020, the Youth Council have prioritised Mental Health & Wellbeing, Environment & Sustainability and Safe & Accessible Communities. The young people provide advice to Council on specific issues in these areas, build productive relationships with the Councillors through a mentoring program and put youth voice into City- and community-based plans and projects.
The Youth Council meet once a month at City Hall. The Junior Mayor will then present the group’s findings and recommendations to Council on a quarterly basis.
The Introduction of a Youth Council was one of the recommendations of the Citizens’ Jury in January 2017, and was endorsed by the state government.