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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2010
YOUTH REPORT: the road is
no place to race
I'm Tracey Davies and I am one of the senior Youth Councillors for 2010.
I joined the City of Ballarat Youth Council because, as a young person,
I appreciate having the opportunity to voice my opinion for the Ballarat
It is rewarding to listen to the opinions of young adults in the Youth Council
and have reassurance that some negative stereotypes of today's youth that
are seen in the media are not always accurate.
My passion outside of Youth Council focuses on road safety and I have
recently become involved in the Road Safety Advisory Committee.
In particular I like to emphasise the fact that the road is no place to race.
I encourage all young people who have their licence, or are just learning to
drive, to learn more about staying safe on the roads.
By being a part of the Youth Council, I have gained invaluable knowledge,
skills and broader networks for my future. It's great to have insight into
how local government works and the role Senior Councillors play in the
I believe it is important to show the community the positive work being
executed by Ballarat's youth and appreciate the opportunity to do just that,
by being involved in the Youth Council.
Below: City of Ballarat Youth Councillor Tracey Davies in action on the track
Youth Council attend
The City of Ballarat's Youth Council recently enjoyed an education camp, held
at the Lady Northcote Recreation camp in Rowsley, near Bacchus Marsh.
The camp, which ran from Wednesday 30 June to Friday 2 July, included
presentations by Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin and Cr Cheryl Bromfield on
public speaking, governance and the role of local government.
Through the Youth Council program, young people are given the opportunity
to develop leadership skills and encouraged to become actively involved in
the future development of their city.
Throughout their term, our Youth Councillors enjoy a wide variety of activities,
from organising the Youth Recognition Awards, to participating in monthly
Youth Council meetings. The Youth Council camp is another great way for the
group to network and learn more about state and local government.
During the camp, the Youth Councillors were fortunate enough to experience a
tour of Victorian State Parliament and enjoyed a meeting with Parliamentary
Secretary for Regional Development Jaala Pulford.
Youth Council is a committee of young people who are dedicated to giving
the city's youth a voice. The committee discusses local youth issues and
provides information to the City of Ballarat.
Youth Councillors learn a range of skills including how to represent their
city, consult with other young people, lobby, advocate and create new
The 2010 Youth Council's term runs until December. New applicants are
sought each year and existing Youth Councillors are given the option of
staying on for a second year.
To contact any of the Youth Councillors email firstname.lastname@example.org For
more information on the Youth Council please contact City of Ballarat Youth
Services at YHQ on 5320 5140.
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