Going straight to the youth

The community is being asked to have their say on a draft youth strategy that has been developed in partnership with young people from the Macedon Ranges Shire.

These young people have given the strategy the name Elevate as it aims to actively elevate the voices and desires of young people within the community.

Elevate is a game plan for what Macedon Ranges Shire Council will aim to provide for the diverse needs of young people in the shire over the coming years.

The strategy outlines how council will work with young people as well as parents, schools, workplaces, service providers and other levels of government to improve the health and wellbeing of young people.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said Elevate was not your usual Council strategy, as it was co-directed, co-developed and co-written by 12 young people from across the community.

“We’re so proud of the work of our young co-designers in putting this strategy together,” Cr Anderson said.

“Close to 1000 people shared their experiences through a range of activities, and all were facilitated by young people.”

The community can view the draft strategy on Council’s website at mrsc.vic.gov.au/yoursay, which also includes an online feedback form.

Young people and service providers will also be invited to review the draft strategy at two workshops in July.

Feedback – particularly from young people – is welcome by emailing mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au, calling (03) 5422 0333 or via the Youth Facebook page facebook.com/MacedonRangesYouth

Printed copies of the draft strategy are also available to view at Council offices in Kyneton, Gisborne, Romsey and Woodend.

The draft will be open for comment until 29 July 2018.

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