Member for Ripon Louise Staley today congratulated Central Goldfields Shire Council after it was successful in receiving State Government funding to operate its Youth Council program.
Local youth in Central Goldfields Shire will now be more engaged in the decision-making process after the council received $30,000 in funding, to continue running youth leadership programs such as the Youth Council and Youth Forums.
Member for Ripon Louise Staley praised Central Goldfields Shire for their strong application noting it is important for youth in rural Victoria to have more of a say.
“Youth in the country can often feel disengaged, programs like the Youth Council and the Youth Forums gives them a more prominent say in how things are run and leads to them having a greater sense of ownership of what’s going on in their local area.” Ms Staley said.
“Not only do Youth Councils and Youth Forums develop a greater sense of pride in our local area, they also foster new skills in the participants, this in turn develops our next generation of local leaders.”
“Central Goldfields Shire has a strong record of setting a proactive agenda for local young people; I congratulate them for their professionalism in building a strong case for this funding.”
“This funding will allow youth in Central Goldfields Shire to have a real say on projects that will have an actual impact and can deliver change.”
“Having our brightest young minds working on solutions to local problems will benefit the entire community.”