Council’s youth action plan ensures young people thrive and help to shape the region’s future
  • Thursday 22 March 2018
ImageA plan that focuses on three priority areas for the Sunshine Coast’s young residents that recognises their important contribution to the community has been endorsed by council today (March 22).

Developed from extensive community consultation, including school and TAFE workshops and external research, the Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan 2018-2021 will be officially launched during Queensland Youth Week celebrations on April 6.

Feedback directly from the region’s young people helped in the creation of the three priorities:

• Enhanced communication: Developing ways to enhance conversations and improve the flow of information between council and our young people.

• Inclusive and interesting experiences: Providing opportunities for young people to experience all aspects of community life, enabling the learning of new skills, and allowing them to make meaningful contributions to their lives and their community.

• Having a say: identifying and establishing ways for young people to have a say in decision making that impacts them.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said that council had a strong and continuing commitment to supporting the development of opportunities for our young people.

“The feedback we received from our youth was that their short-term goals are centred on study, employment and travel and as they are their goals, they are ours to focus on as well,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Study opportunities, employment opportunities and transportation opportunities are all issues which are high on our agenda and we are making progress.

“We will continue to work with other levels of government - especially in areas under their responsibility such as education and public transport - to ensure the opportunities that are available to Coast youth are the same, or better, than those offered elsewhere.

“We are also committed to encouraging more young people to be involved in decisions that impact on their lives and that they are given the opportunity to actively participate in community life.

“It is important council continues to tap into the enthusiasm, optimism, innovation and creativity of our young people to help shape the future of our healthy, smart, creative region.”

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan was developed through consultation with the region’s young people and youth services sector and research on the needs, experiences and interests of young people aged 12 to 24 years.

“The young participants of council’s Speak Up Engage program were also instrumental in the development of this action plan,” Cr McKay said.

“The action plan commits council to improving the flow of information between council and our young people and establishing ways for young people to have a say in the decisions that impact them.

“Importantly, the action plan will guide and direct the support provided to young people and the youth services sector on the Sunshine Coast.

“I would like to thank all the young people who provided input and feedback.

“As a parent and grandparent, I am confident the Youth Action Plan is responsive and focused on addressing the needs of our young people”.

Visit council’s website to download a copy of the Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan 2018-2021.