Southern Downs youth leaders met with councillors and council staff to discuss their ideas for the next Youth Action Plan for the region.
Southern Downs youth leaders met with councillors and council staff to discuss their ideas for the next Youth Action Plan for the region. Neil Rickard

Southern Downs youth in action

NINE Southern Downs leaders are acting as the voice of their generation.

The Youth Leaders team developed the Youth Action Plan for the coming financial year in a meeting with councillors and council staff on Thursday night.

The planning session at Warwick RSL also welcomed guests headspace Warwick, SDIEA, and CDS Stanthorpe to participate and engage in some of the key issues for the region’s youth.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said further discussion and planning will be done this month develop and progress a range of ideas into the final Youth Action Plan for adoption next month.

“Some of the ideas raised on Thursday included not having sufficient pulic transport across the region,” Cr Dobie said.

“There was also discussion of having different wireless access available in locations through the region and having the NBN will certainly help with that down the track.

“There has always been an issue of having something for young people to do in the region, when I grew up here that was an issue, so it’s important for young people to be involved in these activities.

“I was most impressed by their innovative ideas and enthusiasm to represent young people across the region and to bring interesting and exciting projects to the table.”

Cr Dobie said the council had a goal of including a young person aged 18 to 23 serve on each advisory committee.

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Youth Development Officer, Hailey Cosh said the Youth Action Plan meeting was invaluable time as the young leaders were able to highlight issues and ideas with Councillors and council senior staff.

"Our nine young leaders are passionate about their communities and bursting with ideas as well as being serious about tackling social issues,” Ms Cosh said.

"Council is committed to addressing the needs of youth in our community, with emphasis on building partnerships across the region; developing opportunities and encouraging participation, to ensure that our diverse range of young people have a voice and the support to become more independent and self-determining individuals.”

The Youth Action Plan also links with Council’s corporate and operational plans, and the Southern Downs Community Plan 2030.



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