The Youth Strategy 2010–2014 helps to achieve Councils vision for the City. The five Youth Strategy outcomes are Live, Learn, Earn, Play and Voice. Council is guided by a set of principles in delivering the Youth Strategy. The Youth Action Plan sets out the current actions in place to achieve the Youth Strategy.
Who are 'young people'?
Council defines young people as those aged from 12-30 years. Young people live, work, study and play in the City. Young people are diverse and include:
● Aboriginal people
● Artists including visual artists, musicians, performers, designers, writers and poets
● City visitors and tourists
● Homeless and marginalised people
● Local, rural, interstate and international students
● New migrants and refugees
● People with disability
● Recreation seekers including basketballers, skaters, BMX riders and cyclists
● Renters and homeowners
● Workers and business owners
Young people are vital partners in achieving Council’s vision of a vibrant, populous and sustainable Capital City.Young people have driven the majority of residential and student growth and will continue to do so.
Why does Council have a Youth Strategy?
From the research and consultation undertaken in preparation of this strategy the following key issues have been identified:
● Young people want to live in the City and are the main drivers of residential growth. However affordability is an issue in the current market and Council initiatives to increase the availability of affordable housing for young people will be important.
● The decrease in young people coming to the City from the suburbs for visitation purposes only (i.e. to shop or for leisure) needs to be addressed.
● Young people living in the City, especially international students, seek opportunities to be involved in local community life.
● Free or cheap music events and entertainment and safe places to socialise were identified in consultation as priorities to draw young people to the City.
● Young people do not always respond to or identify with the communication channels used to access the broader community.
● A higher level of engagement with young people and youth organisations is desirable, using youth-friendly communication methods.
● By involving young people in planning, decision-making and implementation of projects affecting them, better outcomes can be achieved for the City.
What does the Youth Strategy aim to achieve?
The Youth Strategy aims to activate and nurture the relationship between Council and young people.
Engaging effectively with young people and ensuring that the City is a good place for young people to live, study, work and play is at the heart of the Strategy.