Myrtleford youth to help shape Tomorrow Towns

28 April 2015

Young people in Myrtleford will next month have the opportunity to have a say in shaping the future of their town through the Tomorrow Towns program.

Alpine Shire Council was one of two councils selected to pilot the Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) project.

Council’s Development Officer - Community, Kate Simpson said the project will help open lines of communication and ensure young people are engaged in how the town develops.

“Myrtleford is one of two pilot communities and the work done on these two projects will inform the development of a toolkit to assist all councils in engaging young people about the values and aspirations they have for their community,” Ms Simpson said.

“This fits in perfectly with the development of Council’s Youth Strategy which is underway and anticipated to be finalised in July,” she said.

“As part of the Tomorrow Towns program, our young people will receive training and mentoring which will build on their skills.”

Alpine Mayor, Cr Jan Vonarx, who is also a member of the RCV Executive Committee said Council is excited to be involved in the Tomorrow Towns pilot.

“RCV knows that retaining and attracting people to live in rural communities is important to our sustainability. This project aims to help councils engage with young people to better understand what they need in order to stay in rural areas and at the same time will provide them with training on how to be involved in local government opportunities,” Cr Vonarx said.

“Once we establish this understanding, we can hopefully sow seeds that will attract them back to their town if they leave for education or other life experiences,” she said.

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