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Published Friday 15 March 2019
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Youth Council nominated for state-wide award

Mitchell Shire Youth Council has been named as a finalist in the 2019 Seven News Young Achiever Awards for the Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award.

The Youth Council is being recognised for their efforts in youth mental health and is just one of three nominees for this state-wide award.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said the nomination was recognition of the dedication and hard work shown by Youth Councillors.

“We would like to congratulate the Mitchell Shire Youth Council on being nominated. This is a brilliant achievement for a hardworking, dedicated group of young people in our community,” he said.

“The group works hard to put on events for their peers and other residents alike and are a driving force in our municipality. Last year, they raised bucket loads of toiletries for a local charity to help people around Christmas time and were instrumental advocating for youth mental health.

“These young people reflect many of the youth in our broader community, however, their hard work and dedication, particularly in having to juggle other important responsibilities with the significant role they play on Youth Council, has been acknowledged by this nomination. All the councillors could not be prouder.”

Mitchell Shire Youth Council Mayor Ebony Layley said the nomination was exciting for the group.

“Youth mental health is a significant issue in our region, and we are determined to tackle this issue together,” she said.

“We are so excited being one of three finalists in this award. We have been working hard to empower our peers to get involved in community projects and Council events.

“We are passionate about the concerns young people have, and I am so proud of the Youth Council and everyone who works so hard to achieve what we can.

The winner will be announced at the Awards Presentation Gala Dinner in Flemington on Friday 10 May.

Mitchell Shire’s Youth Council is made up of seven young people between the ages of 13 and 24 years old.

Mitchell Youth Council works to:

  • help Mitchell Shire Council find out about important issues for young people in the local area
  • provides advice to Council about how these issues can be addressed
  • develops local initiatives and projects for young people

Youth Councillors attend fortnightly meetings and leadership excursions.

If you would like to register your interest in becoming a member of Mitchell Youth Council, please contact Youth Services by email youth@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or phone 03 5734 6200.

This page was last updated on 11 April 2019.