Council welcomes new team of eight youth leaders
A NEW team of eight youth leaders for 2016 were welcomed by Southern Downs Regional Council last week.
The council's Youth Development Officer Hailey Cosh said the standard of applications for the young leader positions was high for the coming year.
"Council is committed to addressing the needs of youth in our community, with emphasis on building partnerships across the region," Ms Cosh said.
"We also want to ensure our diverse range of young people have a voice and the support to become more independent and self-determining individuals through developing opportunities and encouraging participation.
"Next year's Young Leaders Team was endorsed by Council at its December 2015 General Meeting."
Sixteen-year-old Brett Lister-Petersen is among the eight new young leaders, joining the program for the first time in the New Year.
The Warwick High School student first became involved with council through a school-based traineeship and said he was encouraged to join the program after friend and fellow leader Jacob Meiklejohn.
"I had been doing work with council and then talking with Jacob I just thought the program would be a good experience to be a part of," he said.
"I'm excited for it because it will be a new experience for me and I'll learn a lot out of it."
Like many 16 year olds, Brett isn't sure what life after school will bring him just yet but hopes he can help his community through young leaders and potentially his future career.
"Growing up in Warwick I guess I never thought there was much to do and finding out about young leaders I thought I might be a part of that," he said.
"As part of the project we do for the program I've been thinking about doing a laser skermish night here in Warwick at the showgrounds.
"They have one in Stanthorpe and I thought it would be good to get one happening as a community event for Warwick."