Bass Coast,

Local Youth Head To Summit


Eleven young people will represent Bass Coast Shire Council in a Youth Summit at Federation University, Churchill this weekend.

Supported by Council and hosted by Latrobe City Council, students from Wonthaggi Secondary and Newhaven Colleges will be amongst 50 young people from across Gippsland attending the three-day Youth Summit from 28 to 30 June.

The Summit will provide young people aged 15 to 19 with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and knowledge about local, state and federal issues and government processes.

Participants will take part in activities and workshops aimed at building and honing leadership skills, understanding policy development and learning how to influence change in their communities.

Councillors, politicians and senior management from all six Gippsland councils will attend the Summit to both hear from and inform young people.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, is also attending the Summit and said it’s an opportunity to hear from and engage with some of Gippsland’s most energetic young leaders.

“The Summit provides an exciting opportunity for participants, politicians and council representatives,” Cr Brown said.

“I am looking forward to learning more about issues that affect young people in our community, hearing about their goals, visions and plans for the future, and how we can work together to build a great community.”

Cr Brown said she is pleased with the uptake from young people to attend the Gippsland Youth Summit.

“We have one of the largest groups attending the forum, which is fantastic. We’re very proud that youth in Bass Coast are keen to have their voices heard and to build understanding and skills that will help promote change in their community,” Cr Brown said.

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