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Council opens consultation for draft Youth Strategy

05 April, 2013

Council opens consultation for draft Youth Strategy

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has invited Brisbane’s 213,856 young people to help make Brisbane a better place to live, work, study and play by providing feedback on Council’s Draft Strategy for Young People 2013-2018.

Cr Quirk said the draft strategy presented 20 new initiatives that meet the contemporary needs of young people in Brisbane, and in particular, focuses on digital communication as well as active and healthy lifestyles, creativity, economic development, environmental sustainability, and active transport.

Under the draft strategy, Council will partner with Brisbane Marketing to establish a Brisbane CoderDojo at selected libraries to teach young people coding skills to enable them to build computer software apps and games.

Also, a Lord Mayor’s grant program will encourage budding entrepreneurs with promising digital potential to launch start-ups and facilitate access to business incubators.

Cr Quirk said it was fitting that the consultation period kicked-off to coincide with 40 events to be held across Brisbane for National Youth Week in celebration of young people’s contribution to our city.

“In 2013, young people are shaping Brisbane as active citizens, enthusiastic students, environmental advocates, creative artists, committed community leaders and innovative young entrepreneurs,” Cr Quirk said.

“In the coming decades, they will be our community and business leaders, and our representatives in a fast growing regional and global economy.

“The economic renewal of Brisbane relies on the talents of young employees entering the workforce, graduates building careers here, innovators creating new products and experiences, and entrepreneurs forging new business opportunities.

“The draft strategy includes 20 new initiatives that range from new skate facilities, digital entrepreneur grants, swimming pools and all age venue programs.

“I look forward to hearing Brisbane’s young people’s ideas for the future of our city.”

Cr Quirk said feedback on the draft strategy closes on 15 June and the final Strategy for Young People 2013-2018 is expected to be adopted by Council later this year.

The Draft Strategy for Young People 2013-2018 is online at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or feedback can be provided through social media:

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