Young People

We value the unique social contributions young people make and encourage their involvement on decisions which impact their lives.

In 2016, 16.9% of people in the Georges River area were between 12 and 24 years old. This is a slightly higher proportion of young people compared to Greater Sydney’s 16.5%.

Our approach

Council's services are based on the principles of youth participation and encourage inclusion and participation of young people of all abilities to ensure their needs are addressed through appropriate services.  

Community Development Programs 

Council offers a variety of community development programs and initiatives that cultivate and showcase the positive social contributions young people make within our community.

We host a range of programs and events as part of National Youth Week, celebrating the creativity, culture and achievement of local young people. These events include Georges River Unplugged, Live and Local Band Night and Feel the Heat, a competitive cook-off at Centre Court in Westfields Hurstville. Youth Week 2019 will also include the Dragons' Den, an event that gives participants the opportunity to pitch an idea that could benefit the community to a panel of judges, for the the chance to have their idea funded.

For a full list of events, download a copy of the 2019 Georges River Youth Week event calendar.

Other Council programs and events include the Short Stuff Film Festival, ScribbleIn Youth Literature Awards and a range of programs by Council’s Libraries and Museum & Gallery.

Council develop resources to improve our communications with young people, to reflect principals of meaningful youth participation and harm minimisation. We also conduct community consultations on a regular basis to identify emerging community needs and inform our policy development.

Youth Advisory Committee

Council acknowledge that young people are experts in their own lives. As such, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) has been formed to work closely with Council to improve young people’s access to services and to address community needs and aspirations. Further information on the Youth Advisory Committee is contained in the YAC Terms of Reference and Application Form


For further information on the Youth Advisory Committee or programs and services for young people, please contact Council’s Youth Development Officer on 9330 9491.

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