The City has encouraged a voice for young people with the creation of the first Youth Council in 2019.
The Youth Council is made up of 12 young people aged between 12 and 17 years old, includes three representatives from each of the four council wards.
Initial priorities for the Youth Council include social and community connections, mental health and wellbeing, and capability (such as skill development, education and employment). The young people will provide advice to the Council on specific issues, plan and run a Youth Summit and provide advice on priority work for the Youth Development Unit.
The Youth Council will meet once a month at City Hall. The Junior Mayor will then present the group’s findings and recommendations to Council on a quarterly basis.
The Introduction of a Youth Council was one of the recommendations of the Citizens’ Jury in January 2017, and was endorsed by the state government.