The Greater Bendigo City Youth Council has elected Victoria Tangey as the 2022 Young Mayor and Ryan Peterson and Remus Brasier as the Young Deputy Mayors.
The Youth Council is a strategic advisory and advocacy committee of 18 young people whose role is to represent the voice of young people aged 14 to 24 who live, work and/or study in the City of Greater Bendigo.
The Youth Council contributes to the policies, plans, strategies and projects of the Council; gives a voice to the young people of Greater Bendigo; promotes young people as valuable citizens who make positive contributions to the community and provides opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills.
The current City Youth Council has now entered the second year of its current two-year term and at its first meeting for 2022 it also welcomed five new members – Alicia Bertani, Brandon Trickey, Emma Clayton, Sean Cox and Xavier Gerdsen-Underhill.
Youth Mayor Victoria Tangey said she was delighted to take on the role of Youth Mayor and thanked outgoing Youth Mayor Jack Smith for his leadership and contribution to the Youth Council in 2021.
“I am honored to be named Young Mayor for 2022 and delighted to be working with two very able Young Deputy Mayors, Ryan Peterson and Remus Brasier,” said Victoria Tangey.
“The 2022 Youth Council is made up of 18 extremely capable, diligent and accomplished young people who have so much to contribute to the wider community. I look forward to mentoring and learning from my colleagues. I am so proud to lead such a community-minded and driven team.
“We are extremely proud of what we have achieved in the first year of this Youth Council term and look forward to building on this momentum in 2022.
“A standout achievement in 2021 was advocating for the inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Health and Wellbeing Plan (2021-2025). This work has shown us the level of impact we can have on the community and advocacy will continue to be a key area of work for the Youth Council in 2022.
“This year we will expand our engagement with young people in Greater Bendigo to ensure we are championing issues that are important to local young people and we look forward to contributing to City projects such as the Managed Growth Strategy and the Draft Healthy Facilities Policy.
“We are making real contributions to the community and strategies that will impact Greater Bendigo for years to come.”
The Mayor of Greater Bendigo, Cr Andrea Metcalf, said the Council looks forward to working with the Youth Council in 2022.
“The Youth Council is an initiative to involve local youth in decision-making for the future,” said Cr Metcalf.
“The first three years of the Youth Council have been very successful, with Youth Councilors contributing to over 30 city plans, strategies, policies and projects, including the council plan 2021-2025, the Healthy Greater Bendigo plan 2021-2025 and the Kangaroo Flat Skate. Park project.
“They have also represented youth on more than ten advisory and steering committees, including the Creative City of Gastronomy Advisory Committee, the Bendigo Safe Community Forum and the City’s Economic Development Strategy.
“The Youth Council will represent the views of young people on City plans and programs that affect them and advise the Mayor and City Councillors. They will also represent youth at civic events and activities.