Council recognises the importance of young people to the future of our community and the value of considering young people and facilities for the region. In recognising this, Council is committed to addressing the needs of youth in our community, both directly and indirectly through collaboration with other agencies and non-government organisations. Emphasis will be on building partnerships, developing young people to have a voice and support to become self-sufficient.
Council provides opportunities for our young people to develop, participate and be engaged and heard in several ways, such as youth development programs, supported events and activities and through the provision of services and facilities including art galleries, cycling trails, fitness walks, libraries, parks and open spaces, pools, and skate parks.
Youth Policy, Action Plan and Reports
Council’s Youth Policy provides guidance to Council and its employees in relation to decision making and project delivery that affects young people aged 12-25 in the Southern Downs region.
The Southern Downs Youth Action Plan guides Council’s actions and developments in regard to young people and aligns with the Youth Policy and the key visions of the Community Plan 2030.
Southern Downs Youth Homelessness, Housing & Support Services Report 2016
Youth Council (Currently in Development)
Council is currently developing a new Youth Council program to enable young people to develop their communication and leadership skills, learn about local government and our community, and participate in decision making processes.
More details will be posted once the program has been finalised.
Youth-Related Support Services and Agencies
A range of organisations and agencies offer support services, programs and assistance to young people and/or their families. Some links and contact numbers are provided (click on the link below), but this is not intended to be an exhaustive list.
List of organisations and agencies offering support services for youth
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