Youth Encouraged to Have Their Say
Published on 17 February 2021
Moyne Shire Council has formalised its commitment to hearing from the Shire’s young people through the adoption of the first Moyne Youth Engagement Charter.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade, said the Charter will assist Council to respond to the needs of young people in its planning, policy, advocacy and service delivery.
“This Charter reflects Council’s commitment to giving young people a voice and listening to their views when developing and implementing Council programs and initiatives,” said Cr Meade.
“Through the Moyne Youth Engagement Charter we want to provide opportunities for young people to have their say and be involved in, and influence, decision making.
“It makes sense that young people are engaged with and provide input on Council decisions that directly impact them.
“The appointment of myself as Mayor and a Councillor Champion in Cr Karen Foster, alongside executive representation, will ensure the voice of our young people and the commitments made in the Charter are supported and understood at the highest levels.”
Moyne Shire Council will also introduce the Moyne Shire Youth Engagement Panel, a group of young people who will represent the voices of young people across the Shire and advise Council about the ways to engage young people more widely.
“Members of the Youth Engagement Panel will be a direct liaison between Council and the Shire’s young people,” Cr Meade said.
“We’ll be looking to them to tell us about opportunities and challenges for our local youth, provide guidance on how to meaningfully engage young people in strategic planning and projects, and we’ll be keeping them informed about Council activities that affect them.”
Recruitment for the first Moyne Shire Youth Engagement Panel is currently underway as part of Moyne Shire’s 2040 Community Vision panel recruitment.
“We want the panel to be a ‘representative’ group of young people from across the Shire and encourage our youth to register their interest,” Cr Meade said.
An online expression of interest form for the Youth Engagement Panel can be accessed at https://www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Your-Say/Community-Vision.