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Have your say on draft Youth Policy

06 September 2013

Youth-ambassadorsYoung people, families, schools, youth service providers and the wider community are encouraged to contribute feedback to Council’s draft Yarra Youth Policy and Action Plan 2013-16.

The draft policy outlines a three-year vision for the services and programs available to people aged 12 to 25 who live, work, study or use services in Yarra.

Yarra’s Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky, said the draft policy was developed in partnership with young people to ensure it addresses their needs and aspirations.

“Young people, including our Yarra Youth Ambassadors, have been involved in this policy-making process from the early stages. They have helped identify the challenges and opportunities for making Yarra a safe, supportive and engaging place for young people,” Cr Fristacky said.

“People aged from 12 to 25 years old currently make up16% of Yarra’s population. This is expected to increase by a further 11% by 2021, so it’s essential that Council has a robust plan for future youth-specific services and activities,” she said.

Cr Fristacky said the Youth Policy will be complemented by a three year Early Years Strategy (covering 0-8 year olds) and Middle Years Strategy (covering 8-12 year olds), to ensure a consistent policy approach from birth to early adulthood.

Council is seeking feedback on the draft Yarra Youth Policy and Action Plan 2013-16 by Friday 4 October. More information and a copy of the draft policy is available at

Further information
Jessica Matrakis
Communications Officer
9205 5144



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