Council encourages young people to speak up, engage and have their say
  • Wednesday 22 March 2017
ImageIf you are aged 12 to 24, this is your opportunity to help the Sunshine Coast Council create a new Youth Action Plan that aims to strengthen how young people participate and contribute to our community.

Council is inviting the youth of the Sunshine Coast to provide feedback about their participation in their community, how they like to be engaged, decision making opportunities they would welcome and their short-term goals.

Jak Hardy, council’s Speak Up Engage youth program participant and 2017 Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Year, said the survey was a great platform for young people to have a voice.

“I encourage all young people aged 12 to 24 to join me, speak up, and get involved,” Jak said.

“All you have to do is take a few moments to complete the youth survey and share your thoughts and opinions. 

“There are some great prizes on offer too, including a new Xbox One, Fitbit, Heist Scooter, Australia Zoo tickets, Event Cinema tickets and more.

“Responses to the survey will help council create the new Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan that will influence how young people can get involved in their community and participate in decision making.”

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Sunshine Coast Youth Strategy 2010-2015 had expired and it was time to develop a new plan is in line with the changes that affect our young people today.

“The new Youth Acton Plan will be developed from consultation with young people and the youth services sector, research and an evidence-based analysis of the needs, experiences and interests of Sunshine Coast young people aged 12 to 24 years,” Cr McKay said.

“Council is committed to ensuring young people are considered in decision-making that affects their current and future lives.

“We want them to develop their identity and independence to reach their full potential.

“Our young people are an integral part of our community and their contribution to the Youth Action Plan is crucial to it success.

“Once completed, the Youth Action Plan will include priority areas and actions for council that will guide and direct the support provided to young people and the youth services sector on the Sunshine Coast.

“As a parent and grandparent, I am only too well aware that it is vital for young people to feel valued and the Youth Action Plan will provide an avenue for them to provide their views and opinions.”

There are several ways young people can have their say:
  • Visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au, search ‘young people’ and complete the Youth Participation Survey between April 1 and May 31.
  • Visit the Speak Up Engage Street Team at the 2017 Blended Youth Culture Art and Music Festival from 2-9pm on Saturday, April 8 at Tickle Park, Coolum.
  • Call (07) 5475 7272 and ask to speak to the Community Development Officer 
  • Email YOUTH@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au