Youth Council elects new mayor and deputy mayor

Nillumbik has a new youth mayor and a new deputy youth mayor after they were elected Monday night.

Brianne Keogh, 24, was elected Youth Mayor and Kirra Imbriano, 17, was elected Deputy Mayor of the Nillumbik Youth Council.

The Youth Council, now in its second year, also welcomed new members Ava Grzechnik, 16, Martina Charalambous, 15, Niamh Coffey, 15 and Rhys Warillow, 15.

They join current youth advisors Bailey Cumming, Fieke van der Kamp, Indi Sandwell, Jack Linehan, Joseph Bowman, Lachlan Wadsworth, Maali Kerta-Rice, Maverick Knight and Orianna Edmonds.

Youth Mayor Brianne Keogh, winner of the 2022 Young Women Leaders Award, said leadership is not just about words, but about action.

“My passions are women’s leadership, safer spaces for youth, and financial well-being,” she said.

“Our Youth Council members are also passionate about sustainability, BMX tracks, football for all levels and having more youth leadership opportunities.

“I would like to champion these ideas and be a voice that young people can count on.”

Youth Deputy Mayor Kirra Imbriano said it was important to create a safe space for young people’s ideas to be heard and respected.

“I’m really passionate about the environment, LGBTQIA+ rights, mental health and reconciliation,” she said.

“This year, I hope the Youth Council can find other ways to engage with the Nillumbik community, which was difficult last year due to closures.”

Nillumbik Mayor Frances Eyre congratulated the new youth mayor and his deputy on their appointment.

“The Youth Council is such a positive role model for young people in the community, inspiring others to take the lead and follow their passions,” said Cr Eyre.

“I look forward to working with you, as together we ensure that the voice of young people continues to be heard in Council decision-making.

“I also want to thank outgoing Youth Mayor Fieke van der Kamp and Deputy Mayor Jack Linehan for their incredible leadership, dedication, passion and hard work during the inaugural year of the Youth Council.”

Cr Natalie Duffy, Representative Councilor on the Youth Council, also congratulated all members for their efforts to improve the lives of young people.

“We can all be proud of their empathy, their leadership, their team spirit and their volunteerism. I love being part of this energetic group of change makers and I am so glad the Council is providing this platform to help them achieve the positive change they want to see in our community,” said Cr Duffy.

The Youth Council will focus this year on implementing the actions of the new Youth Strategy such as organizing a Nillumbik youth summit and exploring opportunities for a youth center in the County.

Other key actions include improving access to mental health services, providing opportunities for volunteering, work experience and employment, and broadcasting concerts and events to young people across Nillumbik.

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