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Applications now open to join the Mitchell Youth Council

5 May 2017

If you’re aged between 12 and 24 and are passionate about the community and making a difference, Mitchell Shire Council has the perfect opportunity for you.

Applications are now open to join the 2017/18 Mitchell Youth Council.

Mitchell Youth councillors help give young people in the community a voice by listening to the issues that are important to them and developing initiatives, programs and events.

The current Mitchell Youth Council has been involved in the Australia Day Festival, a Christmas toiletry drive, Cyber Tattoo presentations and developing the FRRR Heywire RAGE Grant.

Mitchell Youth councillors must live, work or study in Mitchell Shire, and like their senior counterparts, are divided into three wards (North, Central and South).

The role of a Mitchell Youth councillor includes:

• Incorporating youth feedback in to Council policies and strategies

• Consulting with young people and advocating for their needs

• Actively working to develop and implement projects

• Administering youth grants

• Assisting in developing and maintaining the Mitchell Youth website

• Promotion of the Mitchell Youth Survey

Current Mitchell Youth Council Mayor Audrey Flannery encouraged other young people to give it a go.

“Mitchell Youth Council is a family that work together to make a difference,” she said.

“Everyone can be themselves and laugh and be role models. It’s a great experience for all involved.”

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said there were so many benefits from participating.

“The Mitchell Youth Council initiative is a fantastic way for young people to develop leadership skills, create a positive change in their community and gain an insight into local government,” Cr Sanderson said.

“It provides a chance to learn more about other people in the community, improve opportunities and services for your peers, and most of all, have some fun.”

Youth Council application forms are available HERE or at one of Council’s Customer and Library Service Centres.

Applications close Wednesday 31 May 2017.