The City of Greater Bendigo is looking for up to 18 young people between the ages of 14 and 24 who want to have a stronger voice in their community and are interested in being part of the City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council for the next two years.
The Youth Council represents the views of young people on City plans and programs that affect them, provides input to the Mayor and Councilors of the City of Greater Bendigo, and represents young people at civic events and activities .
Mayor of Greater Bendigo, Cr Andrea Metcalf, said the City is looking for local young people who want to represent young people and their views on a range of issues.
“The Youth Council is an initiative to involve local youth in decision-making for the future. It also fulfills a key objective of the City Council’s 2021-2025 plan to ensure young people are supported to explore, engage and be empowered to shape the world they live in,” said Cr Metcalf.
“The first four years of the Youth Council have been very successful, with Youth Councilors contributing to over 40 city plans, strategies, policies and projects, including the Council Plan 2021-2025, the Healthy Greater Bendigo Plan 2021-2025, the Kangaroo Flat Skate Park project, the 2022-2032 Social Justice Framework, the Healthy Facilities Policy, the Progress Pride Flag Mural Project and are currently guiding the development of the City’s next Youth Action Plan .
“They have also represented young people on more than ten advisory and steering committees, including the Creative City of Food Advisory Committee, the Bendigo Safe Community Forum, the Agriculture and Agribusiness Advisory Committee, the Greater Bendigo Climate Collaboration and the City’s Economic Development Strategy Committee.
2022 Youth Mayor Victoria Tangey said it has been an enriching experience providing advice on city policies, plans, strategies and projects and advocating on issues important to young people.
“Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 with an interest in leadership, governance or youth affairs should apply because contributing to the community at a strategic level allows you to create real change and make Greater Bendigo a better place for young people.
“Young people are not the leaders of tomorrow, we have the skills and capacities to be leaders today. So why wait until you’re older to change? If you are passionate about making Greater Bendigo a better place, apply today to become a Youth Councilor for the City of Greater Bendigo.
“The Youth Council as a collective has the power to influence City policies and strategies, we are an important part of the City’s community consultation and we are creating positive outcomes for young people in Greater Bendigo.
“It is also a great opportunity for young people to meet other people with similar interests and ideas, to develop our leadership skills, to develop knowledge and capacities to influence change.
“I encourage young people to apply because they will learn a lot and have the opportunity to participate in very large projects.”