Nominations for membership of Byron Shire's Youth Council are now open for young people aged between 12 and 21 years.
Councillor Simon Richardson said it was a chance for young people to be involved in youth issues, initiate projects, gain leadership skills and make a difference to their own community.
Cr Richardson said the council was committed to helping young people have a greater say in the community and to be part of the council's decision-making processes.
The council gave the go-ahead for the establishment of the new Youth Council last month with a budget of $10,000 allocated to support the council to run projects targeting young people.
The youth council will comprise 10 to 15 members and applicants must live in the Byron Shire.
“We're encouraging young people from different backgrounds, with different interests and ideas to consider nominating for this exciting new opportunity,” Cr Richardson said.
Cr Richardson will be joined by Cr Basil Cameron, Cr Diane Woods and young local people on a selection panel to assess the applicants.
For further information call the council's youth development officer, Rita Youssef-Price on 6685 9342.
Application forms can be downloaded from the council's website at email@example.com/youth-council or picked up from the local high schools.
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