Northern Grampians youth council plans for a big year

THE Northern Grampians Shire Youth Action Council is gearing up for another big year in 2014.

Since their appointment in April, group members have planned several initiatives and hosted two major youth events in Stawell and St Arnaud.

To celebrate its achievements, the action council took part in a planning day and end-of-year celebration in St Arnaud.

The planning session was led by youth motivational speaker Nathan Hulls, who directed the group's first meeting earlier in the year.

Chairwoman Matilda Douglas said the Youth Action Council reviewed the past eight months, worked on team building activities and did personality profiling.

"Because we are a relatively new group, it was good to look back on the things we've done and focus on what was successful and what we could improve on," she said.

"It was a fantastic session and really gave us an insight into how to understand each other better.

"We feel like this is going to help us to work as a cohesive unit as we move into the next 12 months."

The session also gave the Youth Action Council a chance to work on Northern Grampians Shire's first youth strategy.

Ms Douglas said the strategy would be a major focus for the group in 2014.

"We will also be planning some more great events and working on our mental health project with the $10,000 Heywire grant we received from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal."

Ms Douglas said the Youth Action Council was seeking new members for 2014.

She said applicants must be aged between 12 and 25, live in the shire and be able to commit to at least one meeting a month.

She said people could call Amy Rhodes on 5358 0506 or email amy.rhodes@ngshire.vic.gov.au for more information.

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