Youth Council needs you

Published on 05 February 2018

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If you’re between 12 and 23, live in Corangamite Shire, and want to make a difference in the community, apply now for a seat on the Youth Council.

Corangamite Youth Council is a way for young people to address issues and needs within their own communities.

Councillor representatives to the Youth Council, Lesley Brown and Helen Durant encouraged young people to make the most of opportunity.

Cr Brown said Youth Councillors benefitted from mentoring and guidance in event management, community awareness and personal development.

“Sitting on the Youth Council builds confidence and teaches young people valuable life skills in leadership, communication, team work and project management,” Cr Brown said.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about local government and what it does for the people of Corangamite Shire.

“Youth Councillors provide advice and recommendations to the Council on issues affecting young people and initiate programs to help in the development of young people.”

Cr Durant said Youth Councillors would have a voice in what services were delivered to young people in Corangamite and would encourage their peers to take part in all facets of community life.

“If you’re interested, fill in an application form and  tell us about any involvement you have had in your local community—such as being on committees, volunteer work, action groups, school groups, sport groups or community groups—why  you want to join the Youth Council and why you would make a good Youth Council member.

“We want to hear what you think are important issues for young people in the Shire so Council can act on what is important to the youth of Corangamite.”

Each member of the Youth Council will be eligible for membership for two years with a third year negotiable based on performance, input and enthusiasm. 

The Youth Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Secretary and two publicity officers will be elected at the first meeting.

All applications must be received by 5pm Friday 16 February

Corangamite Youth Council generally consists of seventeen members made up of two young people from the community, two students each from Camperdown College, Cobden Technical School, Derrinallum P-12 School, Hampden Specialist School, Terang College and Timboon P-12 School, and three from Mercy Regional College.

For more information, call 5593 7100 and ask to speak to Youth Development Officer Sally Wood or FReeZA Event Coordinator Tammy Young.

Application forms are available here, from secondary schools, the Civic Centre in Camperdown, or by contacting Mrs Wood on 5593 7100 or sally.wood@corangamite.vic.gov.au.

 Click here to apply