Council Confirms Commitment to Region’s Youth

Southern Grampians Shire Council adopted its Youth Policy at last night’s ordinary Council meeting, confirming its ongoing commitment to young people in the region.

The policy outlines Council’s role in relation to the needs of the young people of the Southern Grampians Shire and demonstrates a strong commitment to the ongoing engagement and support of young people, their development, health and wellbeing, creating opportunity for future careers and encouraging active engagement in community and participation in civic life.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Cr Bruach Colliton said it was important for Council to formally recognise the role it must play in supporting young people.

“We acknowledge that young people have a significant contribution to make to life in our community. In adopting this policy, Council is signifying our commitment to providing better support, seeking greater understanding, and actively engaging young people on decisions that impact them,” said Cr Colliton.

“To this end, we are for the first time, developing a Youth Strategy which will provide overall direction for Council’s Youth service and guide the programs, initiatives, advocacy and support work for young people and their families.

“We’re asking young people to contribute their thoughts, concerns and suggestions for improvement by responding to our Youth Strategy survey which is currently open on our website. The outcomes of the survey will guide the strategy and subsequent actions. We’ll also be taking contact information from young people who are keen to get more involved in planning activities or being part of action groups or committees.”

Council’s Community Relations Team are also engaging directly with young people. This engagement, which started at Sheepvention, will be ongoing through social media, schools, community groups and at Council facilities including HILAC, until the end of August.

Mayor Colliton said Council is striving for a diverse response from all young people aged 12-25 who live, work and study in Southern Grampians Shire.

“We want to make sure our Youth Strategy is informed by the diverse voices that comprise our community of young people in the Shire. We look forward to hearing what they have to say and working towards a better future for young people across the Southern Grampians,” concluded Cr Colliton.

Young people aged 12-25 who live, work or study in Southern Grampians Shire can complete the survey to contribute. Respondents have the chance to win a $100 voucher to a local business.

Go to https://www.sthgrampians.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=1397. Feedback closes 31 August 2022.

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