Young leaders appointed

Article image - Young leaders appointed Mayor Cr Peter Blundell welcomes the new Southern Downs Regional Council Young Leaders for 2015, (front row from left) Kai Page, Councilís Youth Development Officer Hailey Cosh, Sarah Pickering, Liana Allen, Elizabeth Dennis, (back row from left) Dominic Andersen-Struckwick, Jasmine Watts, Mayor Cr Peter Blundell, Jack Kearns, Gabe Howard and Jacob Meicklejohn.

Nine young people from the Southern Downs have been appointed to the Southern Downs Young Leaders Program and are looking forward to bringing exciting initiatives to the region as well as tackling youth issues.

Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) Youth Development Officer Hailey Cosh said the standard of applications for the young leader positions was very high and she looked forward to working with the group throughout the year.

“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.

“This year’s Young Leaders Team was endorsed by Council at the December 2014 General Meeting.

“The 2015 Team are ready to take on the opportunity and use the program as an initiative to identify exciting projects for young people across the Southern Downs.

“The program also addresses the more serious issues within our region with the Young Leaders tackling social issues including homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse.

“The Young Leaders will start the year with a Leadership and Project Planning camp.

“In March the Young Leaders will work with the Councillors and senior Council staff to develop the Youth Action Plan for 2015/2016 financial year.”

SDRC Mayor Councillor Peter Blundell said the youth program was a vital component of Council and he and all councillors are keen to work with the young leaders on issues of importance.

“I am always impressed with the ideas and innovation of young people and Council is energised by their presence.

“We particularly look forward to developing the Youth Action Plan and putting fresh ideas into practice.”