Youth Strategy on course to build brighter future for young people
  • Thursday 09 December 2010

Sunshine Coast Council yesterday adopted the Sunshine Coast Youth Strategy 2010-2015 and Action Plan that will deliver a partnership approach towards building a brighter future for young people on the Coast over the next five years and beyond.

The youth strategy will be officially launched on Saturday 11 December at 2.40pm during the Summer of Sound festival in Tickle Park, Coolum. The music festival, aimed at young people on the Sunshine Coast, runs from 11am to 6pm, and features a band competition.

The strategy was developed with input from the region’s young people to ensure that youth needs, issues and aspirations are embedded into existing and future functions, facilities, services and resources of council.

Community Engagement and Governance Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said the implementation of the Sunshine Coast Youth Strategy will draw upon and strengthen the links between council, young people and the community.

"The youth strategy has a strong emphasis on meaningful engagement and providing a vehicle for young people to voice their concerns and contribute to council decision making," he said.

"Council’s goal for the strategy is to continue to work in partnership with all levels of government, non-government agencies, the community and young people to build a resilient and strong youth population.

"Through the strategy, council is aspiring to create an environment where young people are included in the decisions that have an impact on their lives.

"Encouraging partnerships with our young people promotes mutual respect and provides opportunities for young people to participate in civic life and take pride in their region."

Cr Dickson said the youth strategy was informed by one of the region’s largest youth surveys, the Sunny Coast Youth Survey 2010.

"The survey was conducted by young people through council’s Speak Up Engage Team. The consultation reached almost five per cent of the Coast’s youth population, with more than 2,300 survey responses received from young people across the region," he said.

"The young people called for a brighter future where there was a sense of community, with respectful people in harmonious neighbourhoods. They also envisaged a region where they can travel with ease and safety, and where the environment was protected and population growth was managed appropriately."

The findings of the survey will inform the new Community Plan for the region which is currently being developed. The plan will help to ensure the needs and aspirations of young people are represented in council’s planning for the future of the Coast.

Public consultation on the draft Sunshine Coast Youth Strategy closed in October 2010. Overall the feedback from the community consultation was positive and supportive of the strategy.

The Sunshine Coast Youth Strategy 2010-2015 will be available on council’s website