18 February 2021

City of Greater Geelong Youth Council Representative

Article by Mackenzie Sinclair

City of Greater Geelong Youth Council Representative

Every year, the City of Greater Geelong calls for applications for young people aged between 12 and 17 to nominate themselves for the Geelong Youth Council. The council is comprised of three representatives from each of four wards; Bellarine, Brownbill, Kardinia and Windemere, and members are selected by youth in the Geelong region. 

To apply, each applicant was required to detail why they believe they would be a great fit for the youth council along with three key priorities they see for youth in the region. After applying for the 2020 youth council and being unsuccessful, I decided to apply again for the 2021 group. I was then fortunate enough to be selected to represent the Bellarine ward.

The youth council essentially acts as a voice for the young people of the region and provides advice to council on matters most important to youth. Being a part of the youth council involves monthly meetings, participating in a ward-based counsellor mentoring program (CCMP), reporting to council and organising a youth focussed event, along with attending various other opportunities that come up during the year.

With three meetings already completed, one of which was an induction, I can already tell that this year will be amazing. Being in the group will help me to add youth voice into the city and its decisions, and develop my leadership skill set.

For more information on the 2021 Geelong Youth council check out this link: https://www.geelongaustralia.c...

Mackenzie Sinclair (11 Sanchez)

Arrupe Leader @ Saint Ignatius College Geelong

City of Greater Geelong Youth Council Representative