Devonport’s Youth Advisory Group is back with a vision to bring about positive change to the City of Devonport, for generations to come.
Organised by Devonport City Council, the youth council as it was known previously has returned after a decade and has rebranded as DEVYAG, according to Council’s Community Development Officer Erin Ford.
Miss Ford said DEVYAG included a talented group of students from Devonport and Reece High Schools, Don and St Brendan Shaw colleges, who meet fortnightly.
She said the main aim of DEVYAG is to increase the participation of young people in their community and to provide advice to Council on a range of relevant issues.
“DEVYAG is an advisory committee whose role is to represent the voice of young people aged between 14 and 18 years who live, work, study and/or socialise in the Devonport Local Government Area,” Miss Ford said.
“We have such a great bunch of enthusiastic members who genuinely want to be present at every meeting through contribution and influence.
“They really want to see positive change in their community and are working hard as a group to try and make a difference. It’s an honour working with them all and seeing how committed they after only forming two months ago.”
Last year, Councillor Sally Milbourne raised a motion that Council establish a Devonport City Youth Council as an advisory committee to promote youth issues and concerns in Devonport.
Council’s Deputy General Manager, Jeffrey Griffith, said the establishment of DEVYAG will also assist Council to facilitate and build upon strategies identified in the Regional Youth Strategy 2019-2024.
Mr Griffith said DEVYAG will provide an important opportunity for young people to have input into Council decisions, plus provide its members with insight into how Local Government operates.
“All young people should have the opportunity to be active participants in shaping their lives and directing their futures,” Mr Griffith said.
“Plenty of studies show that engaging with youth leads to positive outcomes for youth, families, and communities.
“For instance, it can help youth develop higher self-esteem, improved leadership, and a stake in their own lives and communities. For Council such an opportunity will help us make better decisions for the entire community now and into the future.”
Miss Ford said some of the issues DEVYAG will tackle first include encouraging awareness around the local arts and music scene, to increase engagement of young people.
She said the group planned to hold an event in December this year and would keep the community up to date.
DEVYAG members include: Don College: Talia Beswick, Joel Badcock and Jet Spicer, St Brendan Shaw College: Will Jeeves, Michael Hartree and Srishti Namoa; Reece High School: Nikki Howard, Elliott Goodwin, Isaiah Compagne, Maya Bramich and Annabel Leary-Burke; Devonport High School: Amos Roberts, Jingjie Zheng, Charlie Williams and Lachlan Riley.
For more information on DEVYAG, please contact Devonport City Council at [email protected]
Photo: Members of the newly formed Devonport Youth Advisory Group are (from front left), Jingjie Zheng, Maya Bramich, Srishti Namoa, and Talia Beswick (from back left) William Jeeves, Michael Hartree, Elliott Goodwin, Joel Badcock, and Isaiah Compagne, with Devonport City Council’s City Council’s Community Development Officer Erin Ford.
Media contact: Tahnia Creedon | Communications and Engagement Officer | Devonport City Council | 03 6424 0562 | [email protected]