Engaging and empowering the youth of the Mid Coast is all part of the plan.
MidCoast Council is inviting feedback on its inaugural Youth Strategic Plan, which guides how council, service providers and the broader community support the region's young people.
Of the MidCoast's 93,288 residents, 11,200 are aged between 12 and 24 years of age, with 12.2 percent living in low income households and 17.1 per cent unemployed; both figures higher than the State and National average.
Issues like education, employment, community spaces, community image, wellbeing and giving the youth voice are matters addressed within the plan, which has been developed specifically for the MidCoast Local Government Area and aligns with State and Federal priorities.
The plan is the result of six months of consultation with local youth, service providers, schools and the broader community to develop an all-of-community approach.
"Our young people are our future and they're also forward thinking, progressive and active community members," council's coordinator of Community Strengthening, Lyndie Hepple said.
"In order to effect change, it will be important that this plan is owned by the whole community. Council, service providers and the general community need to work together to implement the strategies in order to create opportunities for young people, and to ensure their voices are heard."
Council will develop annual action plans which detail priority areas for action, responsible parties, timeframes for completion and performance indicators for each financial year.
Councillors endorsed the plan for public exhibition at the council meeting held in Gloucester on Wednesday May 22 to allow community members to provide feedback.
For more information, view the plan and provide feedback, visit https://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your-Say until 4.30pm on June 21.
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