Bass Coast,

Bass Coast Youth Share Their Views

A group of 24 young people from across Bass Coast Shire had their voices heard at a youth workshop run by Bass Coast Shire Council last week.

The workshop was the start of the consultation process for the Bass Coast Youth Action Plan 2015-2019.

Surveys, focus groups and other activities will be held over the coming weeks as part of the Youth Action Plan consultation process.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the level of attendance and participation at last week’s workshop is testament to young people in our community.

“The consultation process is all about understanding the needs, goals and visions of youth in our community,” Cr Brown said.

“It is so important that young people are taking up the opportunity to help shape their future.”

Participants came from a range of backgrounds and experiences and were encouraged to share what they love about their community and what they want to see changed.

A range of issues were discussed, from housing and homelessness, bullying, drugs and alcohol, to access to recreation and leisure.

“The diversity of young peole at the workshop meant that a huge range of topics were discussed,” Cr Brown said.

“It was an excellent opportunity to understand the breadth of issues young people experience in their day-to-day lives, and gain insight into dreams and aspirations held by youth.”

The consultations with young people will be used to help shape the Youth Action Plan 2015–19 and a Youth Steering Group is being developed to help guide the direction of the Plan.

“Through these consultations we can identify gaps, opportunities, concerns and aspirations for young people aged 12 to 25 years,” Cr Brown said.

“Young people will be drivers in the consultation process. We encourage any young person interested in community leadership to get involved in the Steering Group.”

Cr Brown said if joining the steering group is not your thing, Council still wants to hear from you.

“We want to talk to you about your challenges, friendships, where you go for help, what might be needed in Bass Coast and what you like to do,” Cr Brown said.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to have their voices heard and help shape the future for young people living, working and studying in Bass Coast.”

For more information, please contact Council’s Youth Planning and Policy Officer, Geraldine Archibald, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.