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Local governments listening to the views of children and young people

Two local governments have been recognised for their work to engage children and young people within their communities.

The City of Stirling in Perth’s north has won the children’s consultation award at the 2019 Children's Environment and Health Local Government Report Card Awards for their work to consult over 350 children and young people to develop a youth framework to respond to gaps in youth services and support.

The City of Stirling looked at how they could create a youth-friendly community, to provide information on support on youth issues and empower young people to participate in local decision making.

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River was also recognised in the ‘young people making a difference’ category for their work to support the leadership and development of young people in the area, including young people being represented in strategic planning groups, the use of peer leaders to deliver youth alcohol and drug education, leadership camps and a range of youth-led community events.

“Local government has a vital role to play in supporting the wellbeing of children and young people,” Commissioner Colin Pettit said.

“Children and young people make up almost one quarter of our State’s total population, so planning and services need to consider their needs both now and into the future.

“Each year the Local Government report Card awards highlight innovative approaches to include children and young people within their communities – I congratulate all nominees on their work to support children and young people.”

The annual awards are coordinated by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA.