SEVEN young people from across Mitchell Shire are sworn in as the town’s youth council for the next 12 months.
The Youth Council is an advisory body that consults with the Mitchell Shire Council on issues of importance to young people in the region.
Over the past 12 months, the Youth Council has helped organize events such as a clothing exchange to promote fashion sustainability and help educate people about the environmental impacts of fast fashion.
This year’s Youth Council is a mix of new and old representatives.
Thomas Starkey, Trinity Marshall, Paris Ingham, and Georgia Fletcher have all returned, while Rebecca Garth, Cooper Price, and Joshua Dixon are first-time youth counselors.
Thomas, in his fifth year on council, was elected youth mayor on Monday last week.
Georgia will be deputy mayor for youth, while Trinity will be secretary.
Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Rhonda Sanderson praised the Youth Council for its leadership.
“We’ve all found the past 12 to 18 months pretty tough with COVID, and I truly believe this youth council will have an important role to play as our community recovers,” she said.
“Their unified voice will allow us to understand the younger population of our municipality and their needs.
“While we may not have been able to organize the usual number of events last year, our Youth Council did not disappoint us; they mobilized to ensure that young people were supported.
Council Youth Development Officer Jessica Watts said she was fortunate to be able to work with the Youth Council.
“Since July, the Youth Council has shared its passions and ideas for the youth of the county and has given its opinion on the draft health and wellness plan and supported the adoption of the environmentally sustainable design policy for the board, ”she said.
“The Youth Council has come together in these difficult times to become an incredibly supportive group that strives to achieve its goal of being a cohesive voice for young people. “
Cr Sanderson said the youth advisers were “outstanding examples of the capabilities of young people in our townships.”
“The Board of Governors will engage with the Youth Council to assess their views in decision-making processes that govern the whole county. These young people and others deserve to have their say, ”she said.
“By listening to and addressing issues affecting young people across the county, Mitchell Youth Council will lead the services, events and environments they want in their townships.
“They have played a decisive role in promoting services to support young people in our county.
“We opened a new youth center in Wallan earlier this year and are now working very hard to create a community wellness center for Seymour.”
Positions on the Mitchell Youth Council are open to members aged 12 to 24.
For more information, people can visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/services/youth-services/youth-council.