Shire of Esperance seek young people for a Youth Advisory Council

A group of young women who helped organise and run the 2016 Espy Challenge. An event held for young people in Esperance – this is the type of event a Youth Council may wish to be involved in.
A group of young women who helped organise and run the 2016 Espy Challenge. An event held for young people in Esperance – this is the type of event a Youth Council may wish to be involved in.

The Shire of Esperance are establishing a Youth Advisory Council and are calling on people interested to get involved.

The aim of the council is provide an outlet for Esperance’s youth to forward ideas and have input in events and activities. As a youth advisory councillor you will provide guidance to the Shire of Esperance to help identify the needs of young people in the area and be responsible for delivering youth focused projects, programs and events.

Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott said during consultation for the Strategic Community Plan it was evident the local youths had strong ideas on what the community could achieve.

“The concept of developing a youth council had been discussed prior to this, the feedback received during the engagement process highlighted the potential benefits for council to have a group of community minded young people who were keen to provide their thoughts and ideas on items that required council decisions. The group will be a great resource for both Council and Shire staff, which will benefit our whole community,” he said.

The Youth Advisory Council could be involved in council decisions on the skate park, sporting grounds and recreation spaces.

The shire is looking for 15 people aged 12 to 25 years old who are motivated to make a difference to the local community. Expression of interest closes on Friday July 21 at the close of business. People can access the application form by going onto the shire website.

The Youth Advisory Council will have a Terms of Reference to follow which include:

1. To represent the interests and views of young people to Council and the community.

2. To plan and deliver at least one program and/or event per year for youth.

3. To assist with programs, projects and events being delivered by the Shire of Esperance, that are relevant to youth.

4. To give young people experience in Local Government and community affairs.

5. To create greater awareness and appreciation within the general community of the needs and talents of young people.

6. To provide a mechanism for young people to discuss and address youth issues themselves.

7. To engage with young people in Esperance to provide feedback to Council on specific issues, when requested.

8. To engage with the wider community and build partnerships and opportunities to support young people in upskilling, youth leadership.