Junee Shire Council is committed to consulting young people. A Youth Council operates as a 355 sub-committee of Council and considers issues such as youth services, activities, crime and safety.
Junee Youth Council, will be made up of young people ages 12-24 who live in the Junee Local Government Area. Junee Youth Council provides young people with the opportunity to express their views on youth issues and advise Council, as well as implement their own projects.
Youth Council expects to be effective in promoting a positive image of young people and being active participants in the community. Some of the projects developed could include Youth Week festivals, information on local/regional youth services, participating in community activities such as Australia Day, Seniors Week, National Trust Heritage Festival, Clean Up Australia Day, and organising youth activities and events. In addition, knowledge of grants and funding would enable specific projects to be completed.
Youth Councils have been a forum for the voice of young people in Local Government areas for many years. The Riverina has youth councils in a number of shires, including Tumut Shire, Temora Shire, and Wagga Wagga City. In addition, the Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) has a representative youth council, YouthROC. Junee has local young people representing Junee who attend the YouthROC meetings and have been involved in the planning and promotion of YouthROC Summer Camp.
For more information on YouthROC see:
Junee Youth Council will be made up of people aged between 12 and 24 years. A nomination process will be developed once an initial Youth Council is established, examples could include: schools and community groups asked to nominate people to become members, interested people nominate themselves, most areas of Junee Shire will be given opportunities to be represented, eg, Junee Town, Old Junee, Illabo, Wantabadgery, Eurongilly, and Bethungra.
Role of the youth council
Youth Council’s key role is to:
- represent views of young people and their priorities to Junee Shire Council
- liaise with Junee Shire Council
- represent, meet with and discuss issues and concerns with young people within Junee Shire
- look at issues relevant to young people in Junee
- look at the future of Junee Shire, environmentally, socially, economically etc from young people’s perspective
- demonstrate leadership
- gain political experience
- gain formal meeting experience
- gain communications, marketing and media skills
- assess Youth Grants each year
- manage a budget and meeting schedules
- manage projects as they arise.
It takes commitment, time, energy and passion to be a youth councillor!
The following requirements are highly regarded when applying to become a youth councillor:
- leadership skills
- an interest in youth issues and concerns in Junee
- an interest in the future of the Junee community
- ability to commit to meeting at least once a month for the period of a Youth Councillor term of office (to be determined)
- ability to commit to and work in a team environment
- happy to be in the media at various times, and confidence or willingness to learn to liaise with the media
- good communication skills / debating skills
- ability to get to meetings
- agreement and support from your work, school, or tertiary education centre etc
Approximately ten meetings each year (one per month) will be held in the Council Chambers, Belmore Street, Junee. Meeting format will be determined by the youth council, however a formal meeting structure will be maintained.
The Youth Councillors will be involved in a number of events and activities for young people during their term in office. These provide additional learning opportunities and a whole lot of fun! Gig Galaxy gives ideas of what is necessary to run an event.
The Junee Youth Council will organise projects for and with young people. They will determine current priorities and be involved in programs like:
- School holiday activities
- Youth Week
The Junee Shire Youth Council is currently seeking interested young people aged 12- 24 years to establish the Youth Council.
We need you!
Are you a motivated person interested in helping to make a difference? Together with the Junee Shire Youth Council, you can! Positions on youth council are available for up to 9 members aged between 12 and 24 years. Positions as Adult Advisory Representatives and Adult Support are also available.
Youth Council Positions are:
- Deputy Chairperson:
- Publicity Officer:
- Liaison Officer:
An additional three positions on the council are also available.
Youth Council membership, to invite a greater number of youth participants, is also being considered. Should a large number of nominations be submitted, voting will occur to determine the Youth Council and their positions. Youth Council Membership, though not being part of the Council, would involve participation on sub-committees and project committees, and involvement in discussions with some voting opportunities.
It is a goal to achieve a youth council of nine young people. This would consist of a minimum of four rural young people from areas including Bethungra, Eurongilly, Illabo, Junee Reefs, Old Junee, and Wantabadgery, and five young people from Junee township. It would also be ideal to have a spread of ages 12- 24 yrs. Youth Councillors are residents of Junee Shire and represent all young people within the area in which they live .
If you would like to find out more information on how you can become a Junee Shire Youth Councillor, please contact Junee’s Community Development Officer by phoning 6024 8100. Or you can email:
or complete a Youth Council Membership Application and submit to Community Development Officer, PO Box 93, Junee NSW 2663.
If you are a young person living in Junee Shire, without the time available to be on the Youth Council we’d also like to hear your ideas, your assistance with networks and funding or any other contacts.
Junee Youth Council is a part of Council’s Junee ALIVE Youth & Community Development commitment. It is supported by Junee Shire Council, Junee Shire staff and management and is implemented by Community Development Officer, Nikki Condon.