ALTERNATIVE VIEWS: The Gladstone Region Youth Council forms for its inaugural meeting in the Gladstone Regional Council boardroom on Monday night.
ALTERNATIVE VIEWS: The Gladstone Region Youth Council forms for its inaugural meeting in the Gladstone Regional Council boardroom on Monday night. Nicky Moffat

Gladstone's new youth council meets for first time

TWO young apprentices will head Gladstone's Region Youth Council, the newly formed voice of youth in local government.

The youth council was created earlier this month and will advise Gladstone Regional Council on youth-related issues.

Its 11 members met for the first time at the Gladstone Regional Council boardroom on Monday night and elected Sarah Janson as chairwoman and Lachlan Muller as deputy.

Ms Janson is a graphic design apprentice at HPD Creative and a graduate of Chanel College.

"I graduated not too long ago and I've watched a lot of my friends leave town for university and other things because Gladstone has nothing for youth," she said.

"It's important to find out what young people think they need."

Mr Muller is an apprentice electrician with Gladstone Area Group Apprentices and a Toolooa State High School graduate.

"I just enjoy helping people out," he said.

"I just hope to get more young people involved with community events, try to give them some more things to do on the weekend hopefully, and keep them out of trouble."

Mr Muller also wants to raise awareness about the issues that young people are facing in the region.

"It's hard to find a job. Apprenticeships are really scarce at the moment," he said.

The youth councillors may be young but the chairwoman was an old hat when it came to running meetings, with process followed swiftly and cheerfully.

Officials were elected and welcomed, dates set for upcoming meetings and a discussion on the council's involvement in the Multicultural Festival postponed until the youth council meets again next week.

Mayor Gail Sellers, who attended the youth council's inaugural meeting, said it was a great success.

"The future of the Gladstone region looks bright if this group of young people is representative of our future leaders," she said.

ISSUES

Youth councillors are passionate about:

  • More events for Gladstone youth
  • Supporting the arts
  • Developing better apprenticeship programs
  • Reducing unemployment
  • Supporting people with disabilities
  • The need for more mental health services


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