Bass Coast,

Youth voice loud in Bass Coast

Bass Coast Shire Council is excited by the success of their recent community consultation for the Youth Action Plan 2015-19.

The consultation engaged over 1,000 young people, with more than 800 completing an online survey aimed at understanding issues, aspirations and goals for young people living, working and studying in Bass Coast.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said this will help inform Council’s new Youth Action Plan.

“This is an incredible response and it demonstrates that young people are keen to engage, invest and build on the strengths of their community,” Cr Brown said.

Focus group sessions for parents and youth services have also been a key component to the consultation process, with approximately 200 people presenting their views, ideas and experiences as caregivers and service providers for young people.

“We’ve gathered the information and had the conversations with the community,” Cr Brown said.

“Our next step is to pull all this information together and develop a Youth Action Plan for the next four years.

“This plan will look at how Council engages, interacts and supports young people to have a voice within their community.

“It will identify how we go about advocacy around service gaps and issues across the community and it will build on existing community strengths.”

Will McKay, 16, attends Wonthaggi Secondary College’s Community VCAL program, with VCAL students participating in a focus group session for the youth consultation.

Will said he enjoyed being involved in the consultation because it provided an opportunity for him to speak about his involvement in the local CFA and to voice his desire to see Bass Coast host a Truck Show sometime soon.

An additional bonus for Will was being drawn as one of five winners for a $100 voucher offered to people who participated in the community consultation phase.

Newhaven Primary School student, 12-year-old Grace, was also a winner in the competition and was very excited to hear she had won a voucher. She is an avid reader and is keen to spend her voucher on magazines and books.

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