2018 Youth Advisory Group

14 February 2018 - Media release

The 2018 Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is ready to go with twelve dynamic young people formally welcomed to the Group. 

Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the YAG is an outcome of Campaspe’s Youth Charter, created in consultation with hundreds of young people, and adopted by council in December 2015.

“The charter represents council’s commitment to actively support youth citizenship, and encourage and respect young people’s ideas, opinions, talents and dreams for the future,” Cr Weston said.

Over the next 12 months the newly appointed YAG will work to ensure the voice of youth is part of Council’s culture.

Council is committed to embracing the views of young people, particularly in the decision-making process. The YAG provides dedicated young people the opportunity to help shape the community in which they live by contributing ideas on a broad range of issues.

“Young people are passionate about sharing their views and ideas and the Youth Advisory Group provides a communication channel between them and council.”

“I congratulate each member for demonstrating determination and providing a high level of professionalism, bringing their vision to reality, they are wonderful role models for other young people in our shire,” Cr Weston said.

The twelve YAG members, aged between 15 and 24 followed an application and interview process, and come from diverse backgrounds from a range of communities.

Members of the YAG are:

Connor Bacon

Echuca

Annabel Lee

Echuca

Joyce Leung

Echuca

Kate Pearson

Echuca

Maddison Zlateff

Echuca

Brendan Busch

Kyabram

Sarah Langley

Kyabram

Olivia Fraser

Moama

Mia Oberin

Moama

Julie Habegger

Rushworth

Sarah Lange-Richards

Rushworth

Simon Pell

Wyuna

The Youth Advisory Group has attended an induction session, with their first meeting recently held and will meet monthly during school terms.

Objectives of the YAG include:

  • encouraging young people in the Shire of Campaspe through opportunities to become proactive in council and in the preparation of community initiatives
  • providing young people with an avenue to further develop skills in teamwork, organisation, media, public speaking and events management
  • raising awareness within the community of issues confronting young people to facilitate community involvement in the implementation of youth-targeted strategies
  • creating a sense of community pride and cultural diversity, and encouraging the acceptance of young people regardless of their identity, socioeconomic standing, and intellectual or physical ability
  • facilitating the participation of young people in local government decision-making processes.