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Published Friday 19 July 2019
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Youth Council start 2019-2020 term

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Back Row: Youth Deputy Mayor Thomas Starkey, Lucas Edmonds, Eve Simner. Middle Row: Angel Ravenhill, Beau Milner, Courtney Abela, Trinity Marshall. Front row: Paris Ingham and Youth Mayor Ebony Layley.

Mitchell Shire’s Youth Council have been sworn in for their 2019-2020 term.

The nine member of Youth Council attended a team-building camp at the weekend before taking an oath at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 15 July in front of family, friends, Council staff and senior Councillors.

The Youth Council will play a pivotal role in shaping the future direction of Mitchell Shire Council’s policies and will provide a youthful voice for senior Mitchell Shire Councillors.

Ebony Layley will serve the 2019-2020 term as Youth Mayor. Thomas Starkey will serve as Youth Deputy Mayor and Beau Milner will be Youth Council Secretary.

Youth Council will aim 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 nine members will attend fortnightly meetings as well as events and functions, leadership and development excursions and a leadership camp.

Last year’s Youth Council had 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.

They were also instrumental in the 2019 Federal Election advocacy campaign to highlight mental health and road concerns throughout our community.

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Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Bill Chisholm

“It is an exciting new era for our brand-new youth council and the group are a testament to the calibre of youth we have in our community,” he said.

“I have been so very proud of the way Youth Mayor Ebony Layley and her fellow members conducted themselves, particularly when talking about important issues like youth mental health.

“We, as a senior council, benefit greatly from their input. These kinds of residents are the future of our community and will be at the forefront of change for many years to come.

“I look forward to another big year alongside Youth Council. Well done to all joining or returning for the next year.”

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Youth Mayor Ebony Layley

"Youth council is an amazing program, which I think everyone in this room could agree on. It not only gives you a sense of belonging, a second family and a place where your voice is heard," she said.

"It makes you a better person in every way. It has taught me indescribable life lesson, I don’t think I could get anywhere else. Council has taught me how to work in a team, what it means to be a real leader, you don’t always have to be up front but you can stand in the back and push your team forward. It also taught me how to be a better person, how to listen, how to help others in achieving a common goal."

Meet the Members of Youth Council

Mayor Ebony Layley will be taking on her 3rd year of Youth Council, representing the Central Ward. She is a huge advocate for improving the mental health of young people across her community.

Deputy Mayor Thomas Starkey is returning for his 3rd year on Youth Council and represents the South Ward. He is very enthusiastic about the performing arts and the LGBTI+ community.

Angel Ravenhill is making her debut on Youth Council and will be representing the Central Ward. She is an avid dog lover and trampoline enthusiast.

Beau Milner is taking on his 2nd year on Youth Council and will be representing the South Ward. He is very passionate about music and mental health.

Courtney Abela is making her debut on Youth Council and will be representing the Central Ward. She spends her spare time cheerleading and coaching. Courtney would like to make sports more accessible for young people across Mitchell.

Eve Simner is making her debut on Youth Council and will be representing the Central Ward. She is passionate about mental health and the LQBTI+ community.

Lucas Edmonds is embarking on his 2nd year as Youth Councillor and represents the Central Ward. He would love to open sports clubs up so that more young people can participate.

Paris Ingham is making her debut this year and represents the Central Ward. She joined Youth Council to make our Shire more inclusive and accessible for people with a disability.

Trinity Marshall is our youngest member of Youth Council and is returning for her 2nd year to represent the North Ward. She wants to increase the capacity of Youth Rooms across our Shire.

This page was last updated on 23 July 2019.