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City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2011
Young new residents made
Council's Youth Services unit and the Rotary Club of Ballarat Young Ambition
group are working together to develop a New Residents Function especially
designed for people aged 18-25 years.
The function, which will be held in May, is a first for Ballarat. It will take
the form of an evening session in a casual environment, with finger food,
speeches and time to mingle. The event is aimed at both young professionals
and university students who have recently moved to Ballarat and wish to
learn more about the city.
In line with Council's existing New Resident Program the function will provide
information on the Ballarat community and the many services, facilities,
events and assets that make living in Ballarat a great experience. It will
also provide an opportunity to meet, network and connect young people
to a range of community based organisations and opportunities such as
Rotary Club of Ballarat's Young Ambition group.
In addition to the 18-25 function, new residents will receive the 2011 New
Residents Welcome booklet that provides information on Ballarat as well
as special offers.
A range of information relevant to new residents aged 18-25 can also be
found on the Youth Services website www.youthservicesballarat.com.au
For further information or to reserve a place at the function contact
Council's Youth Development Officer Larelle Kuczer on 5320 5644 or email
Focus on the 18-25
To provide continued services and support to young people aged 12-25
years of age Council's Youth Services team has formed an 18-25 reference
group to ensure this age group is engaged and their needs are being
supported and met.
The group is made up of diverse young people from the Ballarat community
including students, young parents and working professionals with a range of
cultural backgrounds represented. The goal is to guide and advise Council
on projects specific to this age group, while also providing participants with
an opportunity to be actively involved in their community, making their mark
and meeting new people.
The group meets every six weeks to discuss a range of items relevant to
18-25s, guide the projects that Youth Services are working on and assist
in planning, shaping and promoting projects. Following the first meeting
the key concerns highlighted were a lack of promotion of what's available
in Ballarat and lack of opportunities to meet new people in environments
not involving alcohol.
Group member Erica wants to increase evening public transport, create safe
indoor and outdoor spaces and fun activities or functions where everyone
is welcome so we would have a much more united community.
"The reference group will be working together to create ideas and hopefully
make a difference to people in our community around the ages of 18--25,"
The formation of the reference group follows the development of the Ballarat
Youth Strategy in 2009 and the employment of a Youth Development Officer
who works specifically with the 18-25 year old demographic.
For further information contact Council's Youth Development Officer Larelle
Kuczer at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 5320 5644 or visit
Below: 18-25 reference group members from L to R: Sarah Butson, Erica Bandy,
Nyanhial Nyuon, Melissa Darken and Larelle Kuczer
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