Bass Coast,
15
October
2015
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06:29
Australia/Melbourne

Council connects with Bass Coast youth

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Bass Coast Shire Council is connecting with young people around Bass Coast by finding them where they hang out online by recently launching its new look, youth focussed Facebook page, Bass Coast Youth.

The page will highlight activities, opportunities and issues for young people across Bass Coast, as well as giving them a space to voice their opinions on local matters.

The Facebook page was originally set up to engage young people in the Youth Action Plan consultation earlier this year. It was the first of its kind for Council and proved to be a popular way to engage with younger community members; a demographic traditionally harder to reach for Local Government.

“We are really keen to showcase the great things young people are doing in the community, such as in the arts, sports, politics and general community life,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown said.

“With the Youth Action Plan consultation complete, we have transitioned the Facebook page to the Bass Coast Youth page and we are pleased with the response so far, including particular interest in the Foundation for Young Australian’s Experience Asia opportunity.”

Cr Brown said the page has also given her the opportunity to meet with more young community members, having fun recently when she met with each of the five young people who won a $100 voucher for completing the Youth Action Plan consultation survey to have photos taken for the page.

“I had a great time meeting young people from around Bass Coast during the Youth Action Plan consultation and it was fantastic that we were able to get more young people involved through Facebook,” she said.

The Bass Coast Youth Facebook page will showcase some of the issues identified by young people in the Youth Action Plan consultation, with over 830 surveys completed.

Young people will be invited to talk to and showcase these issues through digital memes, vox pops and short videos.

“We want to make sure the voice of young people is genuinely heard and delivered by and to young people in Bass Coast in a way that’s interesting and engaging,” Cr Brown said.

To be involved in the Youth Action Plan digital media project, please contact Council’s Youth Planning and Policy Officer, Geraldine Archibald, on geraldine.archibald@basscoast.vic.gov.au or (03) 5671 2745.

The Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/basscoastyouth.

Council is currently working towards a generic Facebook page for all Council matters, which will be launched in the near future.