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$120,000 to engage more young people in Golden Plains

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 - 11:15am
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Young people in Golden Plains Shire will have more opportunities to actively participate in and connect with their local community through the Andrew Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program.

Cr Helena Kirby, Mayor of Golden Plains Shire Council, says that it will be an amazing opportunity for Golden Plains’ young people to shine.

“Council is delighted for this recognition of our young people. We have so many driven and passionate youth in Golden Plains and I’m sure they’ll get a lot of benefit out of it.”

“Council is grateful for this investment in our youth; it’s so important for young people in regional areas to have the chance to grow and develop these important life skills outside the school environment.”

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, said $120,000 has been approved for Golden Plans Shire Council for the Connections & Pathway Program.

“The program will engage with young people aged 12 to 25 from the Golden Plains Shire to increase skills, networks and leadership opportunities as a pathway to active participation in community and work-life,” Mr Howard said.

“Young people involved will have a key role in developing projects within the program to ensure they have their say in the decisions that affect their lives.

“By working with other young people to gain hands-on experiences, participants will gain confidence and skills which will help them achieve their goals and to become involved in our community,” Mr Howard said.

Engage! supports the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to better connect young people with their communities, as outlined in the Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement.

The Youth Policy also supports young people to have their say and participate in decision-making on government policy and practices.

107 projects from across the State have shared in $12.3 million as part of the Engage! 2018-20 program.

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Pictured left to right: Youth Committee Members Oliver Massey and Christian Meyer, Golden Plains Shire Council Mayor, Cr Helena Kirby, Geoff Howard MP Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle, Labor candidate for Buninyong

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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.