Wodonga Council looks to youth for ideas

Dayzha O’Toole, 16, Sarah Negrin, 24, of Wodonga, and Cr John Watson, with some of the youth of Wodonga, at the launch of Wodonga Council’s Youth Engagement Strategy. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Dayzha O’Toole, 16, Sarah Negrin, 24, of Wodonga, and Cr John Watson, with some of the youth of Wodonga, at the launch of Wodonga Council’s Youth Engagement Strategy. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

WODONGA should look nicer, feel safer and have more hang out spots for young people, according to the city’s young people.

These ideas and more started flooding in at yesterday’s launch of Wodonga Council’s youth engagement strategy held at the council chambers.

“Young people do have ideas and want to be heard,” Sarah Negrin, 24, said.

“There needs to be more communication with the youth of today as they are the future.”

Dayzha O’Toole, 16, agreed.

“It’s nice to have a lot of young people here to have their say,” she said.

“I would like to see a youth services centre where young people can go to study and hang out.”

The council has been listening to young people and has used $30,000 in funding from the Department of Human Services Local Government Youth Inclusions Grants to review and develop the tools around youth engagement.

Team leader youth services Rachel Habgood said talking and listening to the city’s youth was an important part of the council’s approach to the future.

“We are asking people between the ages of nine and 24 for their ideas on how they would like Wodonga to look in the future,” she said.

“They can tell us what they would like to see established.”

Ideas can be uploaded to facebook.com/wodongayouth or phone Ms Habgood on 6022 9701.

Wodonga’s Red Carpet Youth Awards are in tomorrow’s Pulse

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