City of Karratha

New advisory group gives youth a louder voice

28 May 2020

A new advisory group established by the City of Karratha will enable local young people to have their say about wellbeing, services and events.

Council established the Youth Advisory Group in December as a platform for local young people’s skills, perspectives and ideas to be incorporated into Council decisions that may impact them.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the group’s focus would be achieving outcomes identified in the Youth Strategy 2019-2024, adopted by Council in November.

“This strategy aims to engage and empower our young people and guide events, activities and programs over the next few years,” Cr Long said.

“Council is committed to ensuring our youth are happy, healthy and have opportunities to make a positive contribution to our community.

“I would like to congratulate and welcome the eight newly appointed members: Charlotte Ball, Zoe Waterstrom-Muller, Sophia Holmes, Emer O’Brien, Lochlan Rodd, Sarah Carr, Ned Van Dongen and Victoria Phillips.

“These young people will contribute to planning youth activities, provide input about infrastructure, town planning, service design and development, and grow their leadership, team building and advocacy skills.

The group will also collaborate with local youth-related organisations including Karratha Senior High School Student Council, St Luke’s College student leaders, PCYC Roebourne and Yaandina Community Services, Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation Aboriginal Youth Council, Pilbara Aboriginal Youth Council and headspace Pilbara Youth Reference Group.”

Members can be aged between 11 and 24 years and represent various towns within the City area, with Councillors and City staff also part of the group.

The first meeting of the Youth Advisory Group is scheduled for 10 June 2020.

Further information regarding youth services is available via https://karratha.wa.gov.au/youth-services.