Introducing our Youth Council
Published on 27 July 2022
13 local young people have been appointed to the Central Goldfields Shire Youth Council.
At this week’s Ordinary Council Meeting (26/07), Council endorsed the members of the Youth Council as being:
- Anakin Hurley
- Annabelle Verdon-Price
- Amayah Rowe
- Benjamin Smith
- Elizabeth Lewington
- Felix Skilling
- Khoa Do
- Miller Tranter
- Ned Cotter
- Safhira Rowe
- Silas Knighton-Weire
- Talos Adcock and
- Tiago Santos
Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Councillor Chris Meddows-Taylor said it was an exciting and important step to establish a Youth Council.
“It was wonderful to be invited to be on the selection panel for the Youth Council and to have the opportunity to interview the young people (14-23 years of age) who nominated for this role.
“Each of these members have thought deeply about the needs of young people, the importance of inclusiveness and belonging and the importance of feeling safe. Many see joining the Youth Council as an opportunity to put something back into their community.
“I look forward to working collaboratively with this Youth Council throughout their term.”
Youth Council member Elizabeth Lewington said it was important to have youth representation at Council.
“I saw the position to join the Youth Council advertised and I thought I should give it a try. This is an opportunity to add another perspective to the Council.”
Fellow Youth Councillor Tiago Santos said he was thrilled to hear he was successful in joining the Youth Council and that he was excited to contribute to his community.
“This is a new experience for me and a great chance to give back to the community in a positive way.”
Youth Councillor Miller Tranter said joining the Youth Council was an opportunity to have his voice heard.
“This was a chance for me, as a young person, to share my voice and provide more ideas for the Shire which I think has been lacking in the past.
The selection of Youth Council members follows a recruitment process, which began in May 2022, whereby applicants were asked a number of questions outlining why they were interested in joining the Youth Council.
All applicants then proceeded to an interview process in June through which they were interviewed by a three-member panel consisting of the Mayor, Council's Youth Worker Gemma Simpson, and community member Tony Macer.
Their role will be to:
- Create a platform in which young people can provide advice to the Central Goldfields Shire Council on plans, policies, strategies and projects so that they reflect the needs of young people;
- Engage with young people to identify their short, medium and long term priorities;
- Advocate on issues that directly impact young people; and
- Provide opportunities for young people in Central Goldfields to develop as leaders in their communities.
The current Youth Council term is proposed to run until December 2023, at which point current Youth Councillors will finish their term and be required to re-apply if they wish to continue.
The Youth Council will meet fortnightly and will be governed by a Terms of Reference document. Youth Councillors will also be asked to work collaboratively to define priority areas they would like to focus on, to assist in providing structure and direction to their term.
The establishment of a Youth Council has been funded through the State Government’s Engage! Program.