YOUth Matters: The group is looking to purchase an inflatable obstacle course
YOUth Matters: The group is looking to purchase an inflatable obstacle course Alexia Austin

New program sends message that youth matters

YOUTH Matters has been established in the North Burnett to give the youth a say.

Mayor Rachel Chambers said at the beginning of this term, North Burnett Regional Council collectively agreed that although the North Burnett was an aged and ageing population, it was still important to focus on, and have a close relationship with our youth, as it was their future we were now planning.

"For all of us who have been part of the YOUth Matters program, the coming together of the youth of the region and seeing how insightful and smart they are is truly a heartening experience,” she said.

Cr Chambers said Council wanted to empower the group to 'own' their own destiny and this has resulted in the group selecting 3 priority projects which council will support them to achieve.

Their purpose is to be a reference group to discuss issues and ideas concerning young people raised by Council.

This Committee would also organise and be responsible for youth events and initiatives in the North Burnett region.

Council's Community Development Officers would guide and assist the Youth Advisory Committee.

In June 2018 student leaders had another forum, the result being a name: North Burnett YOUth Matters and 3 definite priority projects:

  • Produce promotional video to entice qualified teachers to come to live and work in the North Burnett;
  • Purchase inflatable obstacle course and equipment;
  • Host a Sports Fun Day for young people in School holidays.

Current students involved from Burnett State college are: Matthew Zipf, Ellky Slaughter, Jackson Kemp and Emma Brietkopf.

Students from Mundubbera SS are: Kiana Watt, Sophie Zipf, Liam Oppermann and Jaycia Adams. Students from Eidsvold SS are: Geoffrey Drury, Zali Gooda and Jamie Hartwig.

It is envisaged that youth from Monto, Biggenden and Mt Perry also be part of the group. High Schools in that area will be visited soon by group members to be encouraged to come on board.

A sports fun day will be held on Saturday October 6.

Youth aged between 11-17 are able to participate on the day.

During the day three sports will be an offer including basketball, league tag and tennis.

The day kicks of 2pm at Archer Park, Mundubbera.

Funds raised on the day will be put into hosting future events.

The Gold coin nomination fee (paid on day).

There will be a free Sausage Sizzle with drinks available for purchase.

RSVP by Wednesday October 3 2018

For more information, email melinda.thorburn@northburnett.qld.gov.au.


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