Leaders of tomorrow ready to shine now

March 01, 2018

From left - Connor Bacon, Brendan Busch, Kate Pearson (Standing), Simon Pell, Maddison Zlateff, Joyce Leung, Olivia Fraser, Annabel Lee, Sarah Lange-Richards, Mia Oberin, Julie Habegger. Absent: Sarah Langley.

THE 2018 Campaspe Shire Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is ready to go, with 12 young people formally welcomed to the group.

Mayor 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,” he said.

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

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,” Cr Weston said.

“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.’’

The 12 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) and 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.

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