Burdekin Shire Youth Council welcomes new executive team

Burdekin Shire Youth Council has elected its executive team for 2018 with Ayr State High School student Sarah McDonnell announced as the new Youth Mayor.

Burdekin Catholic High School student Taryn Delle Baite was named Deputy Youth Mayor and Burdekin Christian College student Emily Holmes is Secretary.

Miss McDonnell said the Youth Council gave young residents aged 12-25 a dedicated platform to share their ideas for the community.

“The Youth Council is such a great opportunity to promote youth involvement in the community,” she said.

“I’m really honoured to be elected Youth Mayor. I’ve been part of the Youth Council for four years now and it has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve joined up to.

“You help out with community events and meet so many amazing people – it’s the connections that you make along the way.”

Miss McDonnell said there were 17 members of the 2018 Youth Council with representatives from Burdekin Catholic High School, Ayr State High School, Home Hill High School, Burdekin Christian College and St Francis Primary School.

They will have a busy few months ahead of them as they play their part in organising the Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase and supporting numerous community events and activities.

“Fast Track is our major event for 2018 but we also help out with a lot of community events and do badge making to raise funds throughout the year,” Miss McDonnell said.

Miss McDonnell said the Youth Council was always happy to welcome new members to the team and that anyone interested should contact Council’s Community Development team on (07) 4783 9800.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin congratulated the outgoing 2017 Youth Council Executive on their achievements.

“On behalf of Burdekin Shire Council, I would like to thank the 2017 Youth Council Executive for your work over the over 12 months. You have done an amazing job,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Congratulations to the 2018 Youth Executive. I am confident that it will be another fantastic year ahead.

“The Youth Council is a wonderful forum for our youth to provide feedback and information to Council.

“The young people involved learn governance skills, develop a sense of community and volunteer their time assisting local events and organisations.”

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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