Youth forum ignites council’s new ideas

AMPLIFIER: Maddalyn Bokenham was true to her word, helping organise a youth forum early in her role as a Blacktown City youth ambassador. Picture: Isabella Lettini

AMPLIFIER: Maddalyn Bokenham was true to her word, helping organise a youth forum early in her role as a Blacktown City youth ambassador. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Blacktown’s youth ambassadors have wasted no time seeking the opinions and input of their fellow young people.

The Ignite Youth Forum was held at the council’s civic centre on Friday, June 2, with 96 representatives from high schools and colleges around the region coming together to share their concerns and discuss the future of Blacktown.

A screening of a video filmed during the event was shown at the council’s ordinary meeting on July 26, after which councillors congratulated members of the Youth Advisory Sub Committee for their work developing and delivering the forum.

Cr Kevin Gillies is a member of the committee and said it was a privilege to meet monthly with the “extraordinary group of young people”.

“With the innovation, ideas and initiatives that are coming from this group, all I can say is: get ready,” Cr Gillies said. “It’s a cliche but these are the future leaders of Blacktown, and potentially the world.”

The forum covered the topics: a vibrant and inclusive community, a clean and sustainable environment, a smart and prosperous economy, a growing city supported by accessible infrastructure, a sporting and active city, and a leading city.

Recommendations from the young people included WiFi access in public spaces, more funding for family violence services, more affordable housing, and improving equality between old and new areas of the city.

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