Draft youth plan now on display

The draft Byron Shire Youth Strategy and Action Plan is on exhibition until Thursday, May 26.

The strategy aims to support and improve young people’s participation in community life in Byron Shire.

Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the strategy was developed in partnership with young people, community services, non-government agencies and the community.

Cr Barham said that once adopted, the strategy would help define, implement and advocate for essential youth services over the next five years.

“Byron Shire has a collective of wonderfully talented and inspiring young people and they are the crucial element in ensuring a resilient future for the Shire,” she said.

The draft youth strategy is a based on the following six principles as identified by the recently adopted Youth Policy:
* Transparency and accountability
* Increased awareness
* Local partnerships and solutions
* Identifying and targeting priorities
* Engaging young people
* Co-ordinated responses.

Cr Barham said the council would continue to form strong bonds with young people and to promote and nourish the positive image of youth in the shire.

A copy of the draft youth strategy and action plan is available on the council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au/PublicExhibition/ and at community access points throughout the shire.

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