Friday, 23 March 2018

As one of Australia’s youngest mayors and proudly home-grown, Mayor Williams understands the importance of providing young people with a platform to share ideas and information.

Mayor Williams attributes an abundance of opportunities in the Mandurah community, such as the Mandurah Junior Council, education forums and community activities, with helping launch his young leadership journey.

As an ambassador of the One Young World Leaders Summit, the world’s premier global leaders program, and locally the John Tonkin College Chairperson, he has a strong belief that young people can lead now to make communities stronger.

Mayor Williams said locally young people played an important role in shaping Mandurah’s future, highlighting important youth-related ideas, issues and messages to the Council and wider community.

“It’s your community too, we want you [local young people] to be at the front of decision-making and to find your passion,” he said.

“It’s important to give young people a voice in our community, and provide a real ways for them to help shape our future.

“I encourage our young people to take opportunities by both hands and the Making Waves Youth Forum is one way to get involved - it’ll provide a great opportunity for us to help grow and nurture our young people, and importantly share and learn from them.”

Local young people are invited to join discussions and share ideas at the Making Waves Youth Forum on Monday, March 26 from 9am-2pm at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

The youth forum is set to inspire, empower and consult with Mandurah’s young people (11-25 years) and demonstrates the City of Mandurah’s commitment to Mandurah’s youth as part of the development of the City of Mandurah’s Youth Strategy 2019-2024.

The forum will feature inspiring speakers from different backgrounds including a presentation from Greg Hire, Vice-Captain of Perth Wildcats and Youth Focus Ambassador.

To ensure a youth driven consultation model, the Making Waves Youth Forum has been co-designed with young people and is the culmination of a process of consultation with students across seven local high schools.

Register to attend the Making Waves Youth Forum at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au.