Leader for youth

Comment News (Armadale) - - Street Watch -

ASHLEIGH Tap­per works hard ev­ery day to en­sure young peo­ple in Ar­madale are able to en­joy pos­i­tive futures.

The City of Ar­madale com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer – youth was recog­nised for her ded­i­ca­tion to chang­ing the lives and futures of Ar­madale’s young peo­ple by be­ing named the win­ner of the Next Gen lo­cal gov­ern­ment leader cat­e­gory at the 2018 Na­tional Awards for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

The award was one of only two handed out to lo­cal gov­ern­ments in WA.

Ms Tap­per said it was im­por­tant not to put lim­i­ta­tions on what a young per­son could achieve and in­stead pro­vide them the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their po­ten­tial.

“It is a priv­i­lege and very re­ward­ing to work in a role that gives me a plat­form to give a voice to those who are of­ten not seen or heard and it is my re­spon­si­bil­ity to make the most of that plat­form by fo­cus­ing on the pos­si­bil­i­ties and po­ten­tial that these young peo­ple have and not the prob­lems,” she said.

“I have never be­fore known peo­ple with such heart and drive to make change and lift the lives of oth­ers as the many or­gan­i­sa­tions, youth work­ers and peo­ple work­ing for young peo­ple in Ar­madale.

“They are the com­mu­nity lead­ers de­serv­ing of recogni- tion and it is my priv­i­lege to work with and for them.”

City of Ar­madale chief ex­ec­u­tive Ray Tame con­grat­u­lated Ms Tap­per on the award.

“En­gag­ing with young peo­ple and key youth or­gan­i­sa­tions on pro­grams such as Ar­madale Aspire, Per­fect Im­per­fec­tions and Ki­netic, Ashleigh has helped young peo­ple achieve goals be­yond what they thought pos­si­ble,” he said.

The City of Ar­madale also won a highly com­mended award in the boost­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity through In­fra­struc­ture cat­e­gory for its 50-year as­set man­age­ment plan.

Ashleigh Tap­per has been named win­ner in the Next Gen lo­cal gov­ern­ment leader cat­e­gory.

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