A new Brimbank Youth Council will give young people across the municipality a stronger voice in decision-making.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the Brimbank Youth Council (BYC) was a key recommendation of Council’s new Youth Participation and Engagement Model – which Council endorsed at its September meeting.
“Our youth are the future of Brimbank – we want to make sure that their voices are considered as part of Council’s decision-making.
“Young people have so much to contribute to our community, but we need to give them the appropriate time, resources and support so that they can feel comfortable in what are traditionally ‘formal or adult’ environments,” Cr Giudice said.
Council’s new Youth Participation and Engagement Model was developed by the Brimbank Young Citizens’ Jury – a group of 15 young people tasked with designing a way that Council can better involve young people in decision-making.
“These young people have done an outstanding job of exploring different ways Council can engage with youth and coming up with a proposal that suits Brimbank’s proudly diverse community,” Cr Giudice said.
The Youth Participation and Engagement Model also includes establishing sub-committees and four “Local Young Communities” groups – based in each Brimbank Council ward. These groups will include opportunities to build skills, and support employment and education pathways for young people.
Brimbank Young Citizens’ Jury member Jacob Tiauli, 20, of Derrimut, said the model would empower younger residents to ensure Council considered their needs and views.
“The model has lots of different ways for younger residents to get involved, which we hope will empower a diverse range of young people to take part.
“Each section of the model is an open door to everyone – allowing all voices to be heard,” Mr Tiauli said.
The new Brimbank Youth Council will act as an advisory committee to Council – with members to include 16 young people aged 12 to 25, along with a Councillor and Council staff.
Cr Giudice said BYC members would come from local schools, as well as the four new “Local Young Communities”.
“For some young people, Council can seem intimidating and formal. By setting up less formal groups that feed into the Brimbank Youth Council we hope to hear from a diverse range of young people,” Cr Giudice said.
Council will consider the Brimbank Youth Council Terms of Reference at a future Council meeting.