Moyne Launches NextGen Youth Engagement Panel

Published on 30 August 2021

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Moyne Shire Council is inviting young people aged 16 to 25 years to express their interest in being on the Moyne NextGen! youth engagement panel. 

A panel of up to 10 people will partner with Council to co-design a new contemporary, responsive and representative youth engagement model that more effectively meets the needs and preferences of young people. 

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said Council is committed to improving engagement with young people.

“Young people have a significant role to play in shaping our economic, social and cultural success, now and in the future,” Cr Meade said. 

“The Moyne NextGen! panel will allow us to hear firsthand how young people want to be engaged.”

“Previously, Council has used a youth council model for getting views and opinions of our youth to inform Council decisions.” 

“Now that we are using digital technology more, there are more opportunities and ways we can engage with people.”

“Young people have told us they want more opportunities to participate in decision-making and a stronger voice in addressing issues that affect youth and Moyne Shire generally.”

“By adapting our engagement strategies and activities in line with these changes and feedback, we can ensure that the contributions of young people continue to inform Council decisions and services.” 

“Through Moyne NextGen!, we aim to give young people a strong and representative voice in the Council decision-making process, the development of strategies, policies and services, and in addressing issues of importance to the shire,” Cr Meade said.

“Moyne NextGen! also creates an opportunity to nurture a new generation of leaders to help bring the new Moyne 2040 Community Vision to fruition.”

According to research conducted for the Moyne Youth Plan 2020-2022, 55 percent of young people want more opportunities to be involved in Council decision-making. 

“Research found that young people want to be heard and understood; they want their thoughts, ideas, perspectives and experiences to influence decision-making and inspire change; and they want to be acknowledged as valuable citizens who are engaged and make a positive contribution to improve themselves and their community,” said Cr Meade.

Panel members will participate in two independently-facilitated workshops (up to eight hours) between 27 September and 10 October, and will be paid for their time and contribution. 

Young people can find out more and register their interest by 17 September at www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Our-Community/Youth/Moyne-NextGen

 

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