Youth strat­egy to guide coun­cil de­ci­sions over the next five years

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

THE Mans­field Shire Coun­cil is de­vel­op­ing a youth strat­egy that will help guide coun­cil’s de­ci­sion mak­ing process over the next five years.

Iden­ti­fied as a nec­es­sary ac­tion in the coun­cil plan, the strat­egy should be com­pleted by the end of this year.

“The strat­egy will be a vi­tal doc­u­ment which will ar­tic­u­late and guide coun­cil’s role in sup­port­ing bet­ter out­comes for the young peo­ple of Mans­field Shire over the next five years,” Mans­field Shire Coun­cil com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment leader, Kirsten Lin­gard, said.

“It’s also a way for coun­cil to de­ter­mine what the youth of Mans­field want to see hap­pen in their shire.

“To help coun­cil com­pile the strat­egy there are a num­ber of sur­veys, and there will also be fo­cus groups.

“The in­for­ma­tion will be col­lated, and then used to de­velop ac­tions and fu­ture projects for coun­cil.”

A youth sur­vey has al­ready been cir­cu­lated on­line and in hard copy form, with young peo­ple asked to an­swer a variety of ques­tions, cov­er­ing every­thing from fu­ture ca­reers to what is con­sid­ered the best and worst things about liv­ing in Mans­field.

“The Youth Strat­egy will help us bet­ter un­der­stand young peo­ple’s strengths, chal­lenges and as­pi­ra­tions for the fu­ture, and to gain greater in­sight into their goals and needs,” Ms Lin­gard said.

Any­one be­tween the ages of 12 and 25 is con­sid­ered to be a youth in Mans­field.

“One of the dif­fi­cult ages to cap­ture in a sur­vey is those aged 18-25,” Ms Lin­gard said.

“One strat­egy we are us­ing to cap­ture this age group is to ask lo­cal busi­nesses who em­ploy young peo­ple to ask them to com­plete the sur­vey.

“There are also a num­ber of other sur­veys tar­get­ing young peo­ple aged 12-18, young peo­ple aged 19-25, par­ents, car­ers or com­mu­nity mem­bers and youth ser­vice providers.”

If you would like to take part in the sur­vey, please visit www. mans­field.vic.gov.au.

TYRE MARKS: A ve­hi­cle has been driv­ing il­le­gally on the walk­ing track, as res­i­dents urge coun­cil to place a ‘no ve­hi­cle’ sign along the track.

TRACK TUMULT: Poor drainage is caus­ing flood­ing and dif­fi­cult walk­ing con­di­tions along the track.

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