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Toowoomba opens nominations for youth leaders

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is encouraging young people aged between 14 and 24 to apply for the 2025 Youth Leaders Program. Applications must be submitted by July 31.

TRC Community Development, Facilities and Tourism portfolio Councillor, James O’Shea, said the program helped young people learn about their community, gain leadership experience, become involved in community activities, and provide a voice for their peers.

“The program, which has been operating since 2015, allows 25 people from across our Region to learn about, and advocate to, local government, local communities, and youth services,” Cr O’Shea said.

“Our youth leaders play an important part in ensuring that Council programs are relevant to the needs of local youth and that activities are reaching as many young people as possible.

“There are almost 30,000 young people living in the Toowoomba Region who are an integral part of our community. We want applicants to bring fresh ideas and an enthusiastic outlook about building a better Region.”

He said the Youth Leaders program has achieved many aims, with previous initiatives including collaborating with, and supporting, local youth services, organising events, developing environmental projects, and volunteering at Queensland Youth Week activities across the Region.

“Young leaders have also represented our Region at local, state and national forums that have helped to shape youth policy at all levels of government.”

“To be eligible for the program applicants must be aged between 14 and 24, live in the Toowoomba Regional Council area, be able to attend monthly meetings, plus be available for two training camps that are scheduled for September and December 2024.”

Cr O’Shea encouraged eligible young people to finalise their applications by July 31.

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