Baw Baw is one of several Victorian councils to receive the Local Government Youth Inclusion Grant, which is a part of the state’s Shape It! Strategy to improve youth engagement.
A spokesperson for the Baw Baw Shire Council told The Warragul Citizen the funding will go towards programs which increase youth input in decision making for the area.
“A Baw Baw Youth Platform will be established to increase the participation of young people across Baw Baw Shire and enable them to have a voice,” the spokesperson said.
“Working in partnership with other key organisations, Baw Baw Shire Council will engage with, involve, train and mentor a diverse range of young people to increase their participation and leadership within the community.
“The current Youth Action Committee (YAC) will also be redeveloped to increase their advisory and decision-making role with Baw Baw Shire Council, and to strengthen the relationship between YAC and young people, and between YAC, young people and Council.”
The platform aims to connect with 12-25-year-olds.
“Planning and action will be undertaken to establish new connections and provide resources to enable the participation of young people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.”
“[These include] rural isolated and transport disadvantaged; indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse young people, those not in school and those experiencing different living and life circumstances.”