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Published Wednesday 10 June 2020
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A new way for young people in Mitchell to add their voice

People aged 12 to 24 across Mitchell Shire can now access a new platform to provide feedback to help shape the future actions for Youth Council.

The new online comment card program is an initiative of Mitchell Youth Council and will launch this Wednesday (3 June). The program was initially going to see ballot boxes installed across the shire, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will now be online.

Mitchell Youth Council is about to enter its 10th year and is made up of nine young people who were selected through an expression of interest to represent the young people of the shire.

Each fortnight they meet with the Council Youth Services team to discuss issues from the perspective of young people and work together on plans to address them. Their advice and perspective are also provided to staff and Councillors on various projects and initiatives.

Mitchell Youth Council have driven several key projects across our shire including the installation of outdoor exercise equipment in Wallan and securing funding for the new Wallan Youth Services Hub. The Hub will be opening soon and addresses a critical gap in accessible mental health services highlighted by Youth Council.

The Youth Council is actively involved in many advocacy campaigns and ongoing projects including public transport, environment planning, strategic planning and community hubs.

The comment card program was developed as a way for Youth Council to broaden their views and better represent the voice of young people across the municipality. The Youth Council will review suggestions and concerns raised through the comment cards quarterly and use them to guide their key focus areas and to identify new and emerging issues.

To access the platform or for more information visit Youth Comment Card or call Council’s Youth Services Team on 5734 6200.

Quotes from Mayor David Lowe

“It’s important for all people in Mitchell Shire to have the opportunity to engage with Council. I hope this new program empowers young people to realise the value of their comments and the impact they can make to their community,” he said.

“There is so much change in our community at the moment and there is a lot happening that is out of our control. This program gives our young people the opportunity to participate in making positive changes for the future.”

Quotes from Youth Council Deputy Mayor Thomas Starkey

"We wanted to start the comment card for young people to give feedback about what they want to implement or change around their community. We want to show young people that their voices are being heard and what they say matters.

“A lot of the time it's just us nine members of the Youth Council that get to give our opinions. We don't always know the needs of every single young person but by filling out a comment card, we hope to get a better idea of what they are.”

This page was last updated on 12 June 2020.