A NEW team of Moyne Shire youth councillors has been ushered in to give a voice to the next generation.
Last Thursday, a presentation night was held at the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club and the 25 councillors were announced.
The new councillors come from across the five main areas of the shire: Port Fairy, Koroit, Hawkesdale, Mortlake and south-east Moyne. The 25 councillors make it the biggest youth council group of any in the state.
The youth council is made up of 14 councillors stayed on from last year, and 11 new councillors to replace the 11 who finished their term.
A spot on the youth council has become much sought after, with 29 people applying to fill the 11 positions available.
The Moyne Shire Youth Council is considered to be not only the biggest, but one of the most active groups of its kind in Victoria. Under the guidance of Moyne Shire youth development officer Geraldine Edar Ralph, the group performs a number of functions throughout the year.
These include acting as an advisor to the senior council on youth issues, lobbying other youth in the shire to be actively involved in the community and organising youth forums.
Another important part of the night was the presentation of a Community Services Award to the Habel family, of Willatook.
The family has been involved in the youth council since 1998 with siblings Erin, Anna and Edward all serving as youth councillors. The family award was accepted by parents Wendy and Geoff Habel.
The night also highlighted the work the youth council had done throughout the year, with the arrival of the Uber Bus a milestone moment.