YOUTH GIVEN LOUD VOICE
THE search for Greater Geelong’s first Junior Mayor and Youth Council has begun.
Nominations for the city’s new voice for the region’s young people open on Monday.
The Youth Council, which will meet for the first time in January, will feature 12 residents aged 12 to 17.
Geelong Youth Awards winners Joshua De Hoog and Brandon Dellow, along with nominee Ali Bandari, yesterday joined Mayor Bruce Harwood to encourage the region’s next wave of young leaders to nominate for Youth Council.
Mr De Hoog, an arts and music winner, said the initiative was a great step for young people who wanted to make an impact on Geelong.
“The saying often goes that, ‘young people are the future’, but young people are also the present — they’re making big change now,” he said.
“I think it’s important we start to recognise young people and listen to their voices.”
Cr Harwood said the new body would help bring fresh issues to the forefront.
The council’s early priorities are expected to include social and community connections, mental health and wellbeing, skills training, education and employment.
COUNCIL IN WAITING: Mayor Bruce Harwood with potential youth councillors Ali Bandari, Joshua De Hoog and Brandon Dellow vying for the top job.