Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council


Young People

The term ‘young people’ in this context describes people aged 12 to 24 years. The proportion of young people to the Shire’s population is significantly less than the NSW average and the shire experiences a significant decrease in numbers in the 20 – 24 years age group once young people reach school leaving age.

Giving young people a voice in the Shire, and reinforcing that their contribution is valuable, is an important way to increase their participation in and contribution to the community. Including young people in the planning of youth strategies, services and facilities is critical.

Youth Week

National Youth Week (NYW) is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia get involved in NYW each year.

Youth Strategy

The Bega Valley Shire Council Youth Strategy recognises that Council plays a role in:

  • the planning and implementation of policies;
  • facilitating partnerships with and between other service providers;
  • consulting with young people and the community;
  • researching issues affecting young people and the community; and
  • advocating and representing community interests to State and Federal Government.

Youth Community Development

Council Community Development team also work on issues that affect young people. Council currently plays an advocacy, facilitation and community development role in relation to young people in the Shire. 

If you would like any further information please call Anne Cleverley on 6499 2367 or email


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