Summit to address the concerns of young people
  • Tuesday 10 March 2015

Mayor Mark Jamieson officially welcomed 100 young people attending the 2015 Sunshine Coast Youth Summit at the University of the Sunshine Coast today and tomorrow (March 10 and 11).

Mayor Jamieson said the Summit is the only event of its kind on the Sunshine Coast which allows young people to have a voice and share their key issues.

“The 2015 Sunshine Coast Youth Summit is organised by Sustainable Partnerships Australia in partnership with the Sunshine Coast University and Council,” he said.

“The Summit provides local young people the opportunity to participate in brainstorming sessions with community and government representatives and their peers.

“The goal is for young people to gain insights into the direction and focus of Council and foster relationships with a large range of people of diverse backgrounds.”

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sustainable Partnerships Australia is funded through Council’s Community Partnership Funding Program to deliver the Sunshine Coast Youth Summit and key youth engagement initiatives for the region.

“Council looks forward to participating in the workshops which allows the young participants to discuss and develop solutions to their issues and concerns and provide advice on how Council will support them into the future,” Cr McKay said.

“A range of topics which young people experience such as body image, , peer pressure, bullying, education and employment, health, transport and much more.

“The participants of the Youth Summit will present their findings and key recommendations to a Youth Summit Panel made up of members of the community services sector, the business community and Local and State Government representatives on March 11.

“Key outcomes from the Summit will include Council re-establishing a council youth engagement committee to work with council staff on the development of regional priorities for youth. Recommendations from the Summit will also inform the development of a Youth Action Program.

Recommendations from the Summit will be included in the council’s Youth Action Plan.

“Another key outcome is Youth Summit representatives will be provided with the opportunity to present their findings at the 2015 Sunshine Coast Futures Conference.”