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Youth council nominations closing soon

Do you want to be part of Ipswich’s next generation of change-makers?

Nominations are now open for people aged 16 to 25 to join the Ipswich Youth Advisory Council (IYAC), an Ipswich City Council initiative that gives young people an opportunity to make a real impact in their community.

Ten positions are available for those keen to become the ‘official voice’ of the city’s youth, with nominations closing at 11.59pm on Friday, 31 July.

Mayor Teresa Harding said IYAC provides a wonderful opportunity for Ipswich’s up and coming leaders to engage with council and provide input into policies and programs.

“IYAC provides a platform for young people to develop their leadership capacity while making a real difference on issues that matter to them,” Mayor Harding said.

“Our city’s young leaders are full of great ideas to shape the future of Ipswich, and this council is excited to engage with them.

“As a parent, I’ve witnessed first-hand the value of IYAC in boosting the confidence and capacity of young people to engage in civic matters, as my daughter participated in IYAC a number of years ago.”

A decade on from his own stint in IYAC, Division 3 Councillor Andrew Fechner also knows how invaluable the experience can be.

“IYAC provided a pivotal opportunity for me to turn my passion for the city of Ipswich into real outcomes,” Cr Fechner said. 

“I built lasting networks across the city and was empowered to advocate on important issues, while learning more about local government and receiving mentoring.”

“It gave me a real taste of leadership and community support in the city, and I encourage anyone who loves our great city and who wants to make a difference, to apply.”

Council is looking for young people living in the Ipswich region who are:

  • Dedicated, enthusiastic and committed to young people issues which affect and matter to them
  • Keen to learn new skills and experience personal development
  • Interested in becoming involved in planning and development of youth events and initiatives
  • Willing to represent Ipswich youth at a range of events
  • Able to listen and respect the views of their peer group.

All applicants must be prepared to commit to IYAC for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of two years.  If still eligible at the end of their first two year term, IYAC members have the option to apply for a second and final two year term within the program.

Members are required to attend monthly meetings, be involved in the development of youth-led initiatives and participate in local community events, forums and activities.

For more information or to submit your online application visit www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/IYAC

Got a question? Get in touch with council’s Economic and Community Development Branch on 3810 6285 or youth@ipswich.qld.gov.au

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