Indigo Shire dumps its junior council after 14 years, with a youth summit to give voice to those under-23

Flashback: The Indigo junior council was represented in 20th anniversary celebrations for the shire. Kergunyah's Tilly Macklan, who was a junior councillor, helped cut a commemorative cake with Frank Burfitt, Joy Lee, Bernard Gaffney and Peter Graham at Yackandandah.
Flashback: The Indigo junior council was represented in 20th anniversary celebrations for the shire. Kergunyah's Tilly Macklan, who was a junior councillor, helped cut a commemorative cake with Frank Burfitt, Joy Lee, Bernard Gaffney and Peter Graham at Yackandandah.

AFTER 14 years, youngsters in Indigo Shire will no longer have a junior council to represent them.

The children’s council has been dumped as part of a revamp of youth engagement by the shire.

An annual youth summit to be introduced is seen as a way to involve more people across a greater age range.

The shire’s community services manager Kate Biglin said the summit to be held in the middle of next year would involve school children in one forum and 18 to 22 year-olds in another.

The council is also planning to raise the profile of its Facebook youth page to draw more feedback as well as bolster its Instagram presence.

A resident under-25 will also be included on each of the council’s advisory committees.

The junior council had involved grade five pupils from across the shire’s schools.

Only one of 14 schools consulted over the axing expressed disappointment.

The shire’s geography was considered a barrier to its success.