Hindmarsh Shire Council held their annual Youth Council Launch last Wednesday February 7, at the Nhill Memorial Community Centre. The evening began with an address from Hindmarsh Shire Council Chief Executive Officer and master of ceremonies, Greg Wood and Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor, Cr Ron Ismay.
The Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council for 2018 is made up of Kynan Clarke, Danni Haebich and Teo Haines from the East Ward, (Dimboola Memorial Secondary College), Ruby James, Brodie Kennedy, Elena James and Nan Da San Bleh Dah from the West Ward, (Nhill College), Nickolas Roll, Bridie O’Halloran, Aiden Gelligen and Jordan Leach from the North Ward, (Rainbow College) as well as Hindmarsh Shire Council Youth Citizen of the Year, Thablay Sher.
Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor, Cr Ron Ismay said, “we were all captivated by the two guest speakers, the first being Ms Shannon Smith, a teacher at Nhill College who spoke about her life growing up in the Wimmera and her journey to landing her dream job and why she chooses to call Hindmarsh home. Our second guest speaker for the evening was Taylah Ryen. Born and bred in Dimboola, Taylah talked about the reasons why she comes home to work and see family on weekends, whilst undertaking her studies in Nursing and Paramedicine at ACU. Both guest speakers encouraged attendees to challenge themselves and step out of their comfort zone.
Cr Ismay added, “we are really looking forward to seeing some of the initiatives that the 2018 Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council come up with and the resulting positive outcome,“ adding “it was lovely to spend an evening with our new Youth Councillors and their families and to celebrate their new role as leaders in our community. We were given a glimpse of youth success in the speeches presented by our guest speakers and appreciate the effort both made to inspire our new Youth Council.”
“On behalf of Hindmarsh Shire Council I congratulate all newly elected Youth Councillors. It is an honour to work with such passionate young people,” Cr Ismay said.
The next engagement for our Youth Councillors will be at the Little Desert Nature Lodge for the annual Youth Council retreat.
Cr Ismay said, “Council is eagerly anticipating the initiatives and direction of our Youth Councillors for 2018, as youth leaders within the Shire.”