Eighth Mitchell Youth Council sworn in
Seven emerging leaders have taken an important step in helping improve their communities and in advocating on behalf of young people by joining the Mitchell Youth Council. The eighth Mitchell Youth Council was sworn in at last week’s council meeting, with three new members and four re-elected members.
Mitchell Youth Council helps give young people a voice by listening to the issues that are important to them and developing initiatives, programs and events. Over the past year, the Youth Council has helped with a range of projects including facilitating a youth mental health roundtable session, helping attract grant funding for LGBTQI social support group the Genderbread Gamers, ran the RAGE (Rural Australians for Gender Equality) event in October, and assisted with the 2017 Youth Survey.
Second year member Lachlan Matthews-Gunn was named Mayor of the Youth Council, with Ebony Layley chosen as Deputy Mayor. Lachlan said there were many reasons why he joined the Youth Council. “Sometimes I tell people it’s to help give our shire’s youth new initiatives, other times I tell people it’s so I can give back to a community that has given me so much,” Lachlan said. “However, most of all I tell people I joined to give the youth in the shire a voice. “It is a privilege that I get the chance to be Mayor of the Youth Council this term and I’m so grateful for getting the opportunity to lead and inspire our newest youth councillors and show them what their role means. “It’s going to be an exciting year and I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people on Youth Council to be sharing this term with.” For the 2018-19 term, a new role was also introduced, with Brianna MatthewsGunn selected as a Youth Mentor. Brianna, who has served for four years on the Youth Council, will oversee the program and offer advice and guidance to members. Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was an exciting time to join council. “With more and more families moving to Mitchell Shire, it is really important that we have a strong voice from the youth in our community so that their views, opinions and ideas are well-represented,” Cr Sanderson said. “Our youth are important and their input is so valuable. That’s why Council will be engaging with our Youth Council as much as possible to gauge their opinions, because young people deserve to have their say.” Cr Sanderson also paid tribute to the outgoing Youth Council members, including outgoing Mayor Audrey Flannery and Deputy Mayor Angelica Skora. “Over the past year the Youth Council has done such an amazing job of highlighting the issues affecting our young community, as well as developing a range of programs and projects to benefit our young community members,” Cr Sanderson said. “I sincerely thank you all for your hard work and dedication to helping improve our community.” 2018/19 Youth Council: North Ward Lachlan Matthews-Gunn Central Ward Cameron Moir Lucas Edmonds Trinity Marshall South Ward Beau Milner Ebony Layley Thomas Starkey Youth Mentor Brianna Matthews-Gunn