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Council to embrace youth in new strategy
A new strategy which will put young people at the centre of planning for the community’s future was adopted at the Greater Shepparton City Council meeting this week.
This is the first time Council has taken on such a strategy.
The Youth Strategy and Action Plan, which has been developed in consultation with young people and youth sector organisations, will ensure young people are represented, consulted and considered in council strategic activities such as the Council Plan, Community Plans, and other strategies such as those for the CBD and the Environment.
"We want to play our part in encouraging young people to be passionate and fully engaged in their community," said Mayor Michael Polan.
"Young people are a vital component of our community, with the capacity to inspire and be influential community members," Cr Polan said. "They are tomorrow's community leaders, workers, parents and custodians of our environment.
"However, they are not just important for our future - they are important in our present."
The strategy will help Council work with young people and the youth sector to ensure that young people are provided with every opportunity to actively participate in their community, including those with diverse social, economic or cultural backgrounds.
Aleina Tuckett, 16, who was one of the young people consulted in the strategy's development, says that it was good to be involved, and that the strategy will help address serious issues like bullying, depression and suicide.
"It's important that we have things like this to bring the community together and help create a better place for youth."
The strategy will also see the establishment of a Greater Shepparton Youth Sector leadership Group that will meet to discuss and advise on priority issues.
- Released 19 September 2012