FRESH IDEAS: Youth Week officially started with the Mayor’s Youth Breakfast at the Tondoon Botanic gardens.
FRESH IDEAS: Youth Week officially started with the Mayor’s Youth Breakfast at the Tondoon Botanic gardens. Rosie Obrien

Contribution by region’s youth impresses leaders

MORE than a dozen local kids sat down to breakfast with Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers to kick off Youth Week.

Held at the Tondoon Botanic gardens on Friday, the ambitious youth gathered to network and discuss plans for the region.

Channel Nine's Heather Foord was also there to give the youth an inspirational speech.

>> Check out the range of Youth Week activities on offer

Youth council dhairman Zac Smith, 24, said it was a great turnout.

"Today is all about celebrating the impact the youth have on our community," he said.

"It's been a busy past couple of weeks in the youth council organising activities for the week.

"Our hard work has paid off."

Council's Community Services portfolio spokeswoman Maxine Brushe said more than 20 events were organised to celebrate Youth Week including movie nights, a skate park competition, Beat Box workshop and Master Chef Challenge.

"The activities are designed to celebrate the contribution our younger generations are making in our communities," Cr Brushe said.

"Most of the events are free of charge so I encourage our younger residents to participate."

Cr Brushe said she was amazed at all the things the youth of today do, questioning where they find the time between school, homework and extra curricular activities.

One Miriam Vale High School student, Phaedra Vanwersch, 16, said the nomination for her to attend the breakfast came as quite a surprise.

"The teachers had nominated me and one of the school captains because of the volunteer work that we do around the school," she said.

"I've volunteered for Clean Up Australia Day, all the school musicals and free dress days.

"It's been really great socialising with other good kids and awesome that our little school was included."

Among the other guests were Glenn Butcher and Cr PJ Sobhanian.

Mr Sobhanian said he was impressed with the calibre of the youth.

"It's about acknowledging them for the work they do," he said.

"They're all so active which is great."

From the youth aged 12-24 who were nominated, all had ideas about how our city could be improved.

Courtney Sheppard- Kadel,17 said she'd like to see more respite centres.

Miriam Vale School captain Gemma Leiper, 15 said she'd like to see more interactive activities planned regularly

Youth Week will run until April 19.



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