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Tweed Shire's young people are a diverse, creative and energetic group. They are concerned abouth their community and want to make the Tweed a great place for themselves, their friends and their family. By encouraging young people to participate in the planning and delivery of decisions that affect them, they will have the opportunity to feel more connected to where they live. The role of Council's Community Development Officer - Families and Youth includes advocating for young people aged 12-24 years across the Shire.

To contact a member of the Community Development Team, please call (02) 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872 or email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Events and Activities Supported

National Youth Week

Held each year in April, National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. The 10-day event encourages thousands of 12 - 24 year olds from across Australia to have fun, showcase their artistic and creative talents and learn new skills through a range of community activities and events. Tweed Shire Council jointly funds National Youth Week activities with the NSW Government. The funding agreement requires Council to involve young people in all aspects of Youth Week, including the planning, development and management of activities and events.

Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Youth Homelessness Matters Day, held each year during National Youth Week, aims to raise public awareness about youth homelessness and celebrate the resilience of young people who are at risk of, or experiencing homelessness in Australia.

Youth Council

The commitment to establish a Youth Council was undertaken in the Youth Strategy and Action Plan (2013-2017) ('Youth Strategy') under Strategic Outcome 1, Action 2: Establish a Youth Council to act as an advisory committee and respond to issues relevant to young people aged 12 to 24 years.

The Youth Council will expose Council to youthful optimism and innovative ideas. By establishing a Youth Council program, Council will develop better relations with Tweed’s young people, by encouraging a mutual respect, and providing opportunities to contribute to civic life in a constructive and meaningful manner.

Young people involved in the Youth Council program will have the opportunity to engage and contribute to a range of community activities, civic participation and events. Council will arrange professional development workshops that will strengthen communication skills, increase personal confidence and leadership skills. Members also have the opportunity to attend youth related programs and events that may occur during or outside of school hours.

The Youth Council is a civic leadership program which will involve young people in local government decision making to build a resilient youth population and provide opportunities for young people to reach their full potential. Council will support young people to deliver the following Youth Strategy outcomes which align with the broader themes of the Community Strategic Plan (2013-2023).

Shire-Wide Skate, Scooter and BMX Competitions

Activities and competitions for young people are held at skate bowl locations at Cabarita Beach, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads South.

Connect to Your Child’s Future

An annual careers expo for parents and Year 10 - 12 students showcasing TAFE, Universities, Registered Training Organisations, Group Training Organisations, Job Network, Youth Providers and Industry representatives, all offering parents and their children advice on career pathway options.

Max Potential

Max Potential is a youth leadership development program that connects community leaders with young aspiring leaders within the Tweed Shire. It aims to enhance regional wellbeing through community engagement and a common vision to maximise the lives and leadership potential of young people in the Tweed Heads region.

Committees, Interagency, Networks and Working Groups

The Community Development Officer - Families and Youth attends the following groups to advocate for young people across the Shire.

Youth Council - The commitment to establish a Youth Council was undertaken in the Youth Strategy and Action Plan (2013-2017). The Youth Council acts as an advisory committee and respond to issues relevant to young people aged 12 to 24 years.

The Tweed Shire Youth Network provides an opportunity for those who work with and support young people to stay in touch and share information. It is a reference point for Council, other levels of government and non-government organisations to discuss issues impacting young people and effect change through advocacy.

The Tweed Shire Housing and Homelessness Network aims to build an innovative and integrated housing and homeless service system in the Tweed Shire, through maximising opportunities to address homelessness and housing needs at all levels, including government, service providers, community and those most at risk in our region.

Community Drug Action Teams (CDAT) are made up of individuals, local service providers and business people, who work together to develop practical solutions for the drug and alcohol issues affecting our communities.

Kids in Community Committee seeks to highlight the ways young people and those supporting them, strengthen and inspire our community. Through their contributions, the diversity of social and cultural backgrounds of our youth, and the acceptance and respect they have for their differing traditions, interests and values is highlighted.

Fred's Place Advisory Committee helps to guide the operations of the facility that provides an opportunity for people experiencing homelessness in the Tweed Heads region to develop the skills and capacity to return to independent living in the community.

Policy and Strategic Documents

A range of policies and strategic documents have been used to inform planning for young people across the Tweed Shire. These include the Community Profile, Census data, Issues Papers, Youth Policy, Social Plan, Community Engagement Report 2013, Youth Profile 2013, Youth Facilities Plan 2013, Youth Case Studies 2013 and Tweed Youth Needs Analysis.

Youth Strategy and Action Plan (2013-2017)

The Youth Strategy and Action Plan is based on the concepts of capacity building, partnership and empowerment to ensure that young people can feel more connected to where they live and will be able to be involved in the planning and delivery of decisions that affect them. To complement the Youth Strategy and Action Plan a number of documents were developed including the Youth Profile, Youth Facilities Plan, Youth Engagement Report and Youth Case Studies.

Youth Profile

The Youth Profile provides an overview of the demographic trends pertaining to Tweed's young people. Importantly, while the 12-24 year old population cohort is projected to increase by 5,070 between 2011 and 2031, the proportion of young people will decrease from 14.2% to 13.4% of the Tweed population by 2031. A survey of 237 young people completed as part of the community engagement identified that 54% of young people surveyed saw no future for themselves in Tweed, mainly due to lack of opportunity. Disengaged young people, a loss of local youth and an ageing population can mean a loss of vibrancy, creativity and talent; and a loss of service, trade and retail workers which would negatively impact on the Tweed’s economy, community and culture.

Youth Facilities

The Youth Facilities Plan provides an analysis of the current and forecast (to 2031) youth facility needs for young people aged 12-24 years. A youth facility is a building or space that can be used by young people for recreational, social, sporting, educational, cultural or training purposes.

Youth Engagement Report

The Youth Engagement Report provides full details of the extensive engagement activities undertaken with young people, service providers, parents and carers to develop the Youth Strategy and Action Plan.

Youth Case Studies

A number of best practice case studies are provided to illustrate the range of successful youth engagement tools, places and spaces, programs and services available to inform the way Council engages with and responds to young people.

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