Swan Hill Rural City Council’s draft Youth Strategic Plan is out now for public input.The draft plan looks at outcomes from Council’s Youth Support Program over the past four years, and provides a range of data about young people in our region.It outlines five key strategies and 20 actions to help Council engage with young people and provide them with a diverse opportunities and support. Strategies range from those related to youth activities and young people’s community participation, to education and training, preventative health and youth advocacy.
Council’s Director Community and Cultural Services Bruce Myers said Council was seeking public input to the draft plan, to help ensure it was as relevant and effective as possible.
“Supporting young people and providing them with leadership opportunities is so important, and we need to work together with young people, community and other service providers to get the best outcomes. That’s why we’re asking for people to read the draft and give us their thoughts,” he said.
The draft plan was put together from more than 1100 surveys completed in May. A total of 840 young people responded to the survey, along with 161 parents/community members and 112 service providers. About 90 people also attended focus groups to give their opinions.
“We want to thank everyone for this input – 1100 people across our municipality is a great response,” Mr Myers said.
“There were some good ideas to come out of the surveys, as well as constructive feedback on our performance, and statistics to help us support future funding applications and steer project direction,” he said.
“In the 12-18 year age group, we had a 41 per cent response rate across the municipality. That means we’ve got a really good idea of what is important to young people themselves.”
Comments will be received until 31 July, by email to Rachael Williams from consultants Local Logic Place – firstname.lastname@example.org.