Youth invited to step up for change

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

Bunbury’s youngest leaders are calling on motivated 12 to 25-year-old’s to sign up to “make a difference”.

Bunbury Youth Advisory Council is looking for five new members, while also inviting stallholders to register for its biggest annual event the 2017 SHIFT Youth Festival.

Youth Mayor Sean Smith said being a member of the council and the festival was desirable because both were important initiatives for young people in Bunbury.

Mr Smith said the festival was a unique opportunity for young residents to change the perception there was nothing to do in the city.

“Being a youth event it’s a unique opportunity to boost the profile of Bunbury to young people,” Mr Smith said.

“A lot of people don’t view Bunbury as a place for young people, so they can use this to change that view.”

In its third year, the festival will coincide with National Youth Week, starting on March 31 and it will encourage youth engagement in the city.

Food vendors and stallholders with “anything relevant to youth that’s interesting and engaging” are encouraged to register, Mr Smith said.

He also said new members were needed to continue the positive work of the council.

“Anyone who has an interest in creating positive change in the community should apply,” he said.

“It’s also about having fun, while also growing personal skills – and it looks good on the CV.”

Registrations can be made on the Bunbury City Council website.

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