Youth Council seeks more members

One of the first tasks of the 2013 Burdekin Shire Youth Council will be to find more teenage members.

Youth Mayor Kerrie-Grace Buckland has called on her peers to join the BSYC and help organise youth events.

“We’ve got 14 members at the moment, but can have up to 25,” she said.

“We would really like to get some older people to come on board because the more members we have, the greater variety of ideas we get.

“We also get a wider knowledge of what kind of events kids want.”

Youth Council co-ordinator Lauren McKaig said all local schools were contacted, but currently there was no representation from Home Hill Schools.

“We would love to have some Home Hill students join up, as we currently have representation from Ayr State Primary, East Ayr Primary, St Francis Primary, Ayr State High and Burdekin Catholic High,” she said.

“This is a great opportunity for older teenagers to have a voice on what projects or events they want to happen.

“The BSYC aims to provide a youth-driven forum which allows members to suggest ideas, voice issues or concerns and promotes community spirit and a sense of belonging for all the young in our region.

“Members can be aged between 12 and 25 and it would be really good to get some older members to help guide the new younger ones.

“The Youth Council is the voice for our youth and is a way for this part of our society to be heard by the Burdekin Shire Council on what they want.

The current council consists of Kerrie-Grace Buckland (Youth Mayor), Taylah Pearson (Deputy Youth Mayor) and Caitlin Devenna (Secretary).

The Youth Council meets at the Burdekin Shire Council chambers every third Monday at 3.30pm.

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