The newly elected Burdekin Shire Youth Council is looking forward to boosting the events offered to the Shire’s youth.
The council elected Home Hill State High School Year 12 student Reece D’Alessandro as Youth Mayor, Ayr State High School Year 12 student Laura Sloan as Deputy Youth Mayor and Burdekin Catholic High School Year 10 student Danae Pilla as secretary.
Youth Mayor Reece D’Alessandro said he was “delighted, grateful and tremendously humbled” to be elected to the role.
“I joined the Youth Council in order to focus my community involvement on the youth of the district,” he said.
“As a senior student of Home Hill State High School, I have become aware of the importance of role models for younger students and I wanted to contribute to a demographic wider than my school alone.
“I am eager to work with a highly energetic and focussed team and cannot wait to see the rest of the year unfold.
“My goals as Mayor are to increase the BSYC’s involvement in local events, continue the already established events managed by the Youth Council, and work with the enthusiastic and hard-working team to make any necessary changes.”
Reece said an event, similar to the Burdekin Open Day, but directed at the Youth of surrounding regions was an event that could be beneficial to the community.
“Programs like these are designed to boost tourism and it’s important to note that teenagers are the tourists of the future,” he said.
“There are, of course, formalities and technicalities that will have to be overcome, but I believe it’s something that this year’s dedicated Youth Council can look into.
Reece has encouraged other eligible youth in the community to join the Council and have their say on events or topics of interest.
“The Youth Council is an active way to give back to your local area whilst building several personal skills and meeting new people,” he said.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my short time as a member and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year holds. I would certainly encourage anyone who is eligible to get involved!”
Deputy Youth Mayor Laura Sloan said the Council were eager to work towards creating a bright and successful year.
“The executive and the committed members of the groups are working on events that will enrich the lives of the town’s youth,” she said.
The Youth Council meets at the Burdekin Shire Council chambers every third Monday at 3.30pm.
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.