City of Karratha

New strategy aims to engage and empower youth

20 Nov 2019

A new strategy that will guide the City’s delivery of youth services and involvement with youth sector stakeholders over the next five years has been adopted by Council.

The Youth Strategy 2019-2024 identifies four priority areas – community safety, empowerment and advocacy, accessibility and inclusivity, and personal development, with an overarching focus on wellbeing.

The strategy was developed following a review of the needs and aspirations of young people within the City of Karratha in 2017.

It aims to enhance the coordination of youth services through improved partnerships with key agencies and stakeholders.

Stakeholders including WA Police, WA Country Health Service, Mission Australia, Rural Health West, headspace Pilbara, Department of Sport and Cultural Industries, Department of Communities, Clontarf Academy, Yaandina Community Services and local high schools provided feedback during an extensive community consultation process and support the priority areas.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the strategy would provide a holistic approach to engaging and empowering young people in Karratha, Wickham, Dampier, Roebourne and Point Samson.

“The needs of local youth involve a diverse range of ages and interests so it is important to ensure we are working as effectively as possible with the youth sector,” Cr Long said.

“Council is committed to ensuring our young people are happy, healthy and can make a positive contribution to their community.

“This strategy will help shape the events, activities and programs on offer to young people over the next five years.”

The Youth Strategy 2019-2024 is available at https://karratha.wa.gov.au/public-notifications