Towong Shire

Youth

Young people are valued and worthy contributors to the local community. They are treated with equal respect and represent a broad demographic ranging from 10 to 25 years of age. They demonstrate leadership and play an active role in our community.

To develop and maintain Council's Youth Services it is crucial to understand young people’s needs and ideas. With this in mind, we are better positioned to deliver quality services and operating systems that enhance the well being of young people in the Shire.

In particular, Council aims to:

  • Enhance young people’s wellbeing and social health;
  • Promote supportive environments;
  • Strengthen community, social and family support networks for young people;
  • Develop the competence and personal skills of young people; and
  • Improve and promote access to youth health services.

Council has a clear role in building capacity, supporting community endeavours and directly contributing to the quality and diversity of opportunities for young people in Towong Shire.  

Over the last two years we have focused on delivering positive programming outcomes to meet the needs of young people. An extensive range of activities has been developed including (but not limited to):

  • Health;
  • Self esteem and personal development;
  • Education and employment;
  • Arts and cultural development; and
  • Community.

In particular, we have delivered tractor and farm safety training, open air movie nights, Upper Murray Master Chef safe food handling, leadership training, Battle of the Bands, skate competitions, creative writing workshops, accoustic song awards and DJ workshops. 

Council recognises it's responsibility in creating opportunities for young people to voice their opinions so we can best respond to their changing needs. We also provide a number of opportunities across the Shire to connect young people with agencies and/or services that they may require. This has involved building strong links with local schools, health services, police, youth development officers and a variety of other community groups.

For further information, contact our Youth Services Officer on (02) 6071 5100.

 

 

 

Last updated: 12 March 2014