YOUNG PEOPLE TO HAVE A GREATER VOICE IN LOCAL DECISION MAKING

Young people in Wodonga will have the opportunity to be directly involved in making decisions that impact their community thanks to the Rural and Regional Local Government Youth Engagement Program.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced Wodonga Council will receive a grant of $30,000 from the Andrews Labor Government to enable better connection with young people to ensure their voices are heard on matters that are important to them.

Ms Symes said the grants recognise the valuable contribution that young people make to Victoria, and will empower young people to be actively involved in shaping their local community.

For young people who experience significant barriers, the usual opportunities for engagement and participation are not as effective, and Wodonga’s project aims to forge pathways for young people to have their voices heard and encourage their participation in the community.

Wodonga Council will form feedback teams to consult with young people quarterly to get feedback on issues of importance to them.

“This funding will empower young people in Wodonga to help shape the communities where they live,” Ms Symes said.

“Young people have strong ideas and opinions on things that affect them, it’s so important that Government, Council and community listen.”

“We are proud to be working with local governments to engage young people in country Victoria.”

The grants are part of the Rural and Regional Local Government Youth Engagement Program, which is being funded $425,000 over two years.

For more information on this grant program go to youthcentral.vic.gov.au