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The Shire recognises that young people are important and valued members of the community and so actively seeks youth perspectives and opinions when planning its youth services and programs. We aim to take a targeted approach through the Youth Plan in implementing best practice youth related events and initiatives. the Strenthening Youth policy and plan are available for downloading under Publications.
In 1993, the Shire conducted an investigation into the needs of local youth. The study highlighted key areas such as transport, recreation and social activities, education, training and employment opportunities. In an effort to tackle some of these issues head on, a YAC was formed. Since this time the YAC has, and will continue, to address the findings and recommendations of the report in proactive and constructive ways.
Since its inception in 2003, the annual Youth Bursary concept has been a source of pride for the Shire, culminating with the Local Government Community Services Best Practice Award in 2008. The 12 month scholarship is awarded to an outstanding locally based year 12 graduating student who has an interest in community development, has intentions to progress on to tertiary studies and is willing to undertake gap year employment with the Shire.
The position not only provides valuable life and work experience but allows the recipient to meet Tertiary Study related Commonwealth Youth Allowance requirements the following year. The 11 bursary recipients have to date developed positive outcomes across youth, disability access and inclusion, community safety and crime prevention, arts and culture, community events.
Previous Bursary recipients have since undertaken international community development and social work practice, progression toward undergraduate degrees in Law, Arts Management, Journalism, Nursing, and Communications / Performing Arts.
Previous participants of the program are Naomi Godden (2003), Roxanne Moore (2004), Simon O’Leary (2005), Keely Robertson (2006), Natasha Dixon (2007), Moana Lutton (2008), Connor McLeod (2009), Amy Burgess (2010), Ella Sleegers(2012), Jake Graebener-Bond (2013), Emma Godridge (2014), Molly Ryan (2015), Georgina Wilkie (2016) and Callum Noone is the 2017 Bursary.
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