Friday Focus December

This month's Guest Councillor column was written by West Ward Councillor, and Deputy President, Jason Russell.

December in Focus: Cr Jason Russell

The Shire of Mundaring recently undertook extensive community consultation to develop a Strategic Community Plan (SCP). The SCP sets out the priorities and aspirations of our community. In 2019, the Shire received input from 531 community members. Once again, the community has told us that mentoring and developing our young people is a major priority. I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight what the Shire of Mundaring has been working on in the youth space in 2019.

In February, the Shire established a Youth Advisory Group also known as 'The Youth C.R.E.W.' (TYC). TYC is made up of 15 young people aged between 12 and 18. This group act as a representative voice for young people in our community.

TYC meet fortnightly to discuss issues affecting young people, plan and undertake youth engagement and socialise with one another; fostering connections between young people across our Shire.

In May 2019, TYC were asked to assess grant proposals for community groups wishing to provide programs for young people. I was blown away by the TYC members' discerning approach in assessing the grant proposals as they sought to meet the needs of young people, whilst prioritising financial efficiency and responsibility. This demonstrated wisdom far beyond their years!

In October and November, TYC attended the 'What on Earth' Mundaring Open Day and the Mt Helena Classic to raise awareness of the Shire's youth services and to enhance the experiences of attendees of all ages.

As part of the Mt Helena Classic, TYC built two billy carts which were raced by intrepid pilots Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Luis Parkinson. TYC members also ran a sumo suit wrestling activity in which they organised and umpired bouts between festival attendees.

It has been my pleasure to join TYC on their journey. It has been my privilege to watch this group of young individuals become a tight-knit community.

I am also very pleased to hear that all TYC members intend to return in 2020. I look forward to working with these inspiring young people as they reach even greater heights.

  • The December 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting is being held on Tuesday 10 December. For full details and to download the agenda click here.
  • Download a copy of the December Community Update page here.

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