Horsham set to appoint youth council
Young people will have a stronger community voice with the formation of Horsham Rural City Council’s first youth council.
The youth council, open to young people aged 12 to 25, is part of a key development in the city’s youth strategy, which plans to ‘engage and empower’ the municipality’s younger generations.
Mayor Mark Radford said the youth council would provide Horsham’s ‘future’ the opportunity to build leadership skills, develop knowledge and voice opinions to create change.
“It’s very important for us to connect with and listen to our young people about their priority issues and empower them to be involved in the decision making that impacts on their lives,” he said.
“The young people who get involved will also have the chance to develop knowledge in teamwork, meeting processes, organising projects, public speaking, advocating for change and consulting with their peers.”
Cr Radford said the youth council would receive mentoring and support and would report to himself and councillors about the impacts of council plans and programs on young people.
Applications are open until July 30 and up to 10 youth councillors will be appointed in mid-july.
People can apply online or call the youth and early years team on 5382 9522 or email Annie. Min[email protected]