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Golden Youth Empowerment Roadshow

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Thank you to the 1,000+ young people who participated in the Roadshow in 2017, and especially to the 8 amazing young people who planned and delivered the Roadshow. Please see a summary of the key findings below.



In September - November 2017, the Golden Youth Empowerment Roadshow (the 'Roadshow') was designed and delivered by local young people aged 12-18 years, with support from Council’s Youth Development Team. The Roadshow aimed to help Council understand what local young people want in terms of activities and events across Golden Plains Shire.  

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

The Roadshow delivered 16 engagement activities including: workshops at secondary schools; a parent/carer workshop; pop-up conversation posts at youth events; and a range of surveys. The Roadshow reached almost 1,500 young people from across the region, with 1,048 of these from Golden Plains. This is an incredible result as it represents 25% of our total population of young people of 4,200 people aged 10-25 years (Source: ABS 2016 Census).

Key findings:

  • Local event preferences: sport and recreation (25%), music events (23%)
  • Preferences for activities and events: delivered weeknights; outdoors (90%), that are unstructured or informal in nature (90%)
  • Biggest service need in the area: mental health services (46%); fitness and wellness programs (31%)
  • Top barriers to attending events and activities: anxiety and social stress, transportation, location, cost
  • Employment: 67% find it hard to get work
  • Most needed training for young people: mental health (25%); and first aid (21%)
  • Awareness of Council activities: More than half of participants (54%) are unaware of Golden Plains Shire Youth
  • Communication and advertising: flyers, and school newsletters or teachers. 95% prefer text message correspondence rather than email.

As a result of participating in the organising committee, young people told Council they gained new friends, new skills, new opportunities, and connection to community. 

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

Results will be shared with participants and the broader community through social media, website, email and schools. The findings from the Roadshow will be used by Council’s Youth Development Team to help to ensure our events, activities and programs respond to the needs and priorities of our local young people. Please see our website for more information about the work of the Youth Team.  


Sep - Nov 2017: Roadshow design and delivery

Dec 2017 - Jan 2018: Analyse key findings

Jan - Feb 2018: Report back on results to participants and community

Feb 2018 – ongoing: Use results to inform Council’s programs and events for young people 

Contact Information

Mark DeCampo
Senior Youth Development Officer
5220 7106
Project Category: 
Children, Youth and Families
Last Updated: 
Monday, February 5, 2018
Project Status: 
Past Project
A committed group of local young people hit the road in 2017 to engage with over 1,000 of their peers about activities and events for young people in Golden Plains Shire.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.