Council seeks students’ views to shape the future

Chloerissa EadieSouth Western Times
Coby Della-Sale, Eli Johnston, both 11, and Aldo Bosman, 12, discuss ideas at Capel Shire Council’s final community forum in Dalyellup on Tuesday.
Camera IconCoby Della-Sale, Eli Johnston, both 11, and Aldo Bosman, 12, discuss ideas at Capel Shire Council’s final community forum in Dalyellup on Tuesday. Credit: Chloerissa Eadie / South Western Times

Capel Shire Council held its final community forum this week to develop strategies to engage young people in the shire over the next four years.

On Tuesday children from schools in Dalyellup had an opportunity to engage with each other and discuss what they enjoyed in the region and what they would like to see improved.

Community services executive manager Michelle Plume said some of the key ideas raised included wider cycle paths, bus stops closer to houses, more affordable accommodation and more community involvement.

Ms Plume said the information gathered from the forum would help develop outcomes in the council’s Strategic Community Plan, which would then feed into a business plan to guide council decisions over the next four years.

“The aim of the workshops was to ascertain the aspirations of young people with regards to the communities they live in,” she said.

“We had a lot of great discussions at the workshop. The students had some excellent ideas and the schools really appreciated the opportunity to be involved.

“Council recognises the importance of hearing what young people have to say and has recently engaged a part-time youth officer who will work with youth to progress the ideas that have come out of the workshops, including engagement techniques to ensure that young people continue to have involvement and a voice.”

Workshops were also held in surrounding suburbs of Capel, Peppermint Grove Beach and Stratham and in the coming weeks the community will have an opportunity to share their thoughts through an online platform.

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