Youth mayor elected

WELLINGTON Shire youth council is now sitting for 2016, electing Kaitlin Woolford as youth mayor.

Kaitlin is joined in the leadership team by Tia McLachlan, who was elected deputy youth mayor, and secretary Grace De Keersmaeker.

Kaitlin, formerly of Yarram and now Heyfield, joined youth council last year and was positive about the year ahead for the dynamic group.

“I am grateful for and proud of my achievements on youth council to date,” she said.

“As one of the older members of youth council, I see part of the focus of my role as one of guidance and encouragement for the younger members.

“My favourite quote states, ‘some want it to happen, some wish it would happen and others make it happen’.

“I am honoured to be elected to lead a group of my peers, all of whom choose to stand up and make things happen for the youth of our community.”

Youth council’s vision is to make positive changes in the community, tackling major issues and being a voice for the youth of Wellington Shire.

In previous years, youth council has participated in a wide range of local events and programs.

These have included organisation of a graffiti clean-up day, assistance hosting a number of youth mental health workshops, community drug forums and taking action around homelessness.

Tia said she was passionate about working for the youth of Wellington.

“I want to help my fellow youth councillors achieve, and raise and help tackle the subjects of mental health, drugs and alcohol,” she said.

“It’s a privilege that my peers have elected me their deputy mayor, to help lead them as we take our next steps.”

The 2016 Wellington Shire youth council will be formally inducted during the ordinary council meeting next Tuesday, February 16, from 6pm in the Port of Sale Business Centre.

Family, friends and people from the wider community are welcome to attend.