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Applications open for Mitchell Youth Council

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Mitchell Shire Council is looking for young people motivated to make a difference in their community to join Mitchell Youth Council.

Youth Council is an advisory committee of Mitchell Shire Council, providing an opportunity for young people to have their input heard in council decisions.

It also provides advice to council about how issues affecting young people can be addressed, guiding council to develop initiatives and projects for youth across the shire.

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Mitchell Shire Mayor Fiona Stevens encouraged young people from all backgrounds to get involved and experience what it’s like to have influence on behalf of their community.

“Youth Council is a strong voice for youth in our shire and it’s an invaluable way for senior councillors to understand and address the needs of young people,” she said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the younger generation to have their voices heard and advocate for what they are passionate about.”

There are usually nine youth councillors between the three shire wards, and additional positions may also be created to ensure youth council represents a diverse range of views and experience.

Mitchell Shire Youth Mayor Georgia Fletcher said taking part would give young people opportunities they wouldn’t normally get as a teenager.

“I’ve worked alongside senior councillors and the community to stop something that could have a harmful impact on where we live,” she said.

“Advocating against the proposed quarry in Beveridge/Wallan is an important project that I have enjoyed working on.

“That’s why I would encourage other people to get involved with youth council – it’s a great way to help your community and make a real difference.”

To apply to be on youth council, people must be aged 12 to 24 and live, work or study in the Mitchell Shire. Applications close on June 16.

For more information, visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/youthcouncil.

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