St Joseph’s School host SDRC Youth Council
The Southern Downs Youth Council is an advisory committee whose role is to represent the voice of young people who live, work, study or volunteer in the Southern Downs region and provide input into Council activities and decisions. Fourteen Year 10 representatives from surrounding Southern Downs schools (Warwick, Allora, and Stanthorpe) have been nominated by their schools to sit on this Council with Ryan Holly being the nominated Representative from St Joseph’s School.
The SDYC program aims to provide young people with opportunities to develop a better understanding of the role and function of local government, our community and local issues. They also seek these students to ‘have a voice’ - raise issues, exchange ideas, discuss community issues, provide input in to Council planning, programs and services and influence local government decision making processes and to have genuine and regular communication about issues that are important to them directly with the Mayor, Councillors and Council Officers.
The first meeting of the Council was held on Thursday 3rd May with St Joseph’s School hosting the event. Southern Downs Regional Council Manager Community Services & Major Projects, Mr Michael Bell expressed his appreciation to each of the members for their active involvement. “I can certainly say that Council has benefited from your involvement and those ideas and concepts that you all put forward. The minutes from today’s meeting will be tabled at the May General Council meeting. At the May Council meeting, Council will consider those recommendations put forward by the Youth Council for implementation,” Mr Bell said. “I would also like to thank St Joseph’s School for such a warm welcome and introduction to the group on our arrival,” he added.
The next meeting will be held in August at Warwick State High School.