Left to Right: Five of the 2010 Youth Council representatives
Left to Right: Cr Diane Woods with Youth Council representative
Byron Shire Council's Youth Council
Byron Shire Council's Youth Council met for the first time in January 2010, and now have a rich history of successful projects, programs and events behind them. The current Youth Council involves 18 young people aged 12 to 25 with many different backgrounds and interests: from political interests, to environmental awareness, and commitment to social justice.
The Youth Council has been established to:
- Improve young people's access to Council services and facilities by working with Council to help find ways to make its services and facilities as youth friendly as possible, so that young people feel comfortable accessing and participating in services and activities.
- Address youth issues strategically by assisting Council to make the Youth Policy and Action Plan relevant and youth focussed, and to implement the Youth Action Plan after its adoption.
- Ensure youth-friendly information and communication by supporting genuine and regular communication between young people and Council including holding youth forums and setting up interest or project groups.
- Raise community awareness about the real issues that affect young people in the Byron Shire.
- Advocate on behalf of young people and provide advice to Council, community and community groups, local business and government departments to respond to youth issues.
- Provide leadership opportunities and strengthen community networks and provide opportunities for young people to build on and expand their skills in leadership, communication, team work, civic affairs, solving problems, public speaking, and networking.
Youth Council representatives are elected for a 12 month term. The Youth Council meets six or more times a year, and has been very active in planning and organising events and activities for young people, including the Byron Shire Youth Week event.
Informal minutes of the Youth Council's meetings are available below.
For more information on the Youth Council, and how young people aged 12-25 can be involved through working groups and other activities, please contact the Community Services team on 02 6626 7000.
Youth Activities Grant Round
Each year Council receives many requests to support projects for young people. In 2012 Council successfully trialled the Youth Activities Grant to ensure that the support provided for youth projects by Council is accessible and transparent for all community members.
The Youth Activities Grant now runs annually. For further information on this grant and other funding opportunities please follow the link.