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Published Monday 24 June 2019
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Youth Council nominations now open

Are you interested in helping to shape the future of Mitchell Shire Council on important issues like mental health and youth services? Get your nomination in to join the Youth Council.

There are nine members, three for each ward, with fortnightly meetings, events and functions, leadership and development excursions and a leadership camp.

The three main aims for Youth Council are to:

  • Help Council understand issues and problems from the perspective of young people
  • Provide advice to Council about how concerns can be addressed
  • Develop local initiatives and programs for young people
  • Advocate on matters that affect young people.

The current Youth Council has been very active and was a finalist in the 7News Young Achiever Awards in the Victorian Government Group Achievement category for their advocacy work in the mental health space.

The current Youth Council was also instrumental in the 2019 Federal Election advocacy campaign to highlight mental health and road concerns throughout our community.

To apply to be on Youth Council you need to be aged 13 to 24 years and live, work or study in Mitchell.

  • Complete a Mitchell Youth Council 2019-20 Application form (available on the website)
  • Send your form to youth@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or mail to Youth Services Coordinator — Mitchell Shire Council, 113 High Street, Broadford VIC 3658

If you are under 18 years you will need to get your parent or guardian to sign their consent.

You will need to ask a referee to endorse you as part of your application.

Applications to join Youth Council close on 4 July. For more information or to apply, please visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/youthcouncil

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“The Youth Council has worked extremely hard over the past year and it is a credit to them. They have been put through their paces learning how council operates and have been instrumental in helping us shine a light on issues facing young people,” he said.

“I have been immensely proud of how all the Youth Council has conducted themselves. Working with them has been a highlight and I hope all of them are going to do great things.

“Working alongside Mitchell Shire Youth Council Mayor Ebony Layley during our Fight for Mitchell Shire campaign was wonderful.”

Quotes attributable from Mitchell Shire Youth Council Mayor Ebony Layley


“Youth Council has been the best thing I have ever done with my life. It showed me what my true passions are and taught me how to explore them.

“I have met some of the best people that I’m lucky enough to call my friends. Youth Council has become my second family.”