READY TO LEAD: Gannawarra Shire Youth Council’s 2016 mayor, Noah Chislett, centre with treasurer Stacey Barbagallo, left, and secretary, Lenny Brown.GANNAWARRA Shire’s Youth Council took a major step in its development on Wednesday, electing it management team for 2016.
Consisting students from Barham High School, Cohuna Secondary College, Kerang Christian College, Kerang Technical High School and MacKillop College, as well as community representatives, the youth council is a major link between the district’s teenagers and the main council.
Kerang Technical High School year 10 student, Noah Chislett was elected mayor following a ballot at Wednesday’s final meeting for 2015 – a major step from previous efforts where participants were approached to take on the role.
The council’s current deputy mayor, Mr Chislett aims to build on his two-year experience with the group to advance its efforts.
“It has been a really good time serving as deputy mayor, as it has given me a sense of what happens if elected mayor,” he said.
“I hope to learn off (current mayor), Lenny (Brown) and follow through her wisdom to next year.”
Projects Mr Chislett would like to see come to fruition during 2016 include the creation of a youth centre in Kerang and the hosting of a drug and alcohol forum.
Fellow mayoral candidate, Barham High School student, Mikayla Penrose was elected to the deputy mayor role.
Cohuna Secondary College year 10 student, Stacey Barbagallo – who was also nominated for the mayoral role – will be the youth council’s treasurer for 2016, with Miss Brown – a Kerang Christian College year 11 student – to hold the secretary’s role.
“I would like to congratulate Noah and Mikayla on their appointments,” Cr Oscar Aertssen said.
“Council looks forward to working with the youth council team to advocate for youth issues.”
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