Southern Downs Regional Council has announced the appointment of 14 inspired youth leaders to the region’s new Youth Council. The new Southern Downs Youth Council (SDYC) is a voice for young people who live, work, study or volunteer in the region, to help inform and shape Council activities and decisions.

The new SDYC is an advisory committee which will be a voice for local youth to raise issues, exchange ideas, discuss community concerns, provide input to Council planning, programs and services, and influence local government decision making processes. SDYC members will directly engage with Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie, Councillors and Council officers on issues which are important to them.

Each school across the region was invited to nominate two Year 10 students for their regional passion and pride, and leadership potential. Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the new Youth Council is a key link between the region’s youth and Council.

“Our region’s youth are the next generation of leaders who will help shape our wonderful region,” Cr Dobie said. “It is vital they have a voice and are able to work alongside our decision makers to share their ideas and insights into what matters most, now and in the future. Congratulations to all of the new SDYC members. I am looking forward to working with you and being inspired by your passion and energy.”

The student members will attend Council General Meeting on Thursday, April 26, and share morning tea with Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie and Councillors, before being formally appointed to the new SDYC at an induction meeting at Warwick Town Hall.

SDYC’s first meeting will be held at St Joseph’s School Stanthorpe on Thursday, 3 May, 2018.

Banner image: Kira Holmes of Scots PGC College, Warwick being presented with her SDYC badge.