MINUTES OF THE ASHFIELD YOUTH COMMITTEE OF ASHFIELD COUNCIL, HELD IN ASHFIELD TOWN HALL FOYER, 260 LIVERPOOL ROAD, ASHFIELD ON MONDAY 7 MARCH 2011, COMMENCING AT 5:30 PM.
PRESENT Clr Patrick Kelso (Chair), Jo Page (Australian Red Cross), Sophie Hawkshaw, Liliana Tai, Pooja Halasagi, Edward Mei, Vinay Halasagi, Mary Britton, Therese Scott, Camille Cavill.
APOLOGIES Gauri Nadkarni, Joshua Gaddi, Victor Dao and Dennis Laris.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF LOCAL INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY
"Let us acknowledge that we are meeting on country for which the members and elders of the local Indigenous community have been custodians for many centuries, and on which Aboriginal people have performed age old ceremonies. We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region."
MOMENT OF PRIVATE CONTEMPLATION
The chairperson invited Councillors, staff, members of the press and gallery to stand and observe a moment of private contemplation.
DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST
No disclosures were made.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
RESOLVED Kelso/ Britton
That the minutes of the Ashfield Youth Committee Meeting held on Monday 21 February 2011 be accepted.
UPDATE ON COUNCIL’S ACTIVITIES
Carnival of Cultures
The Carnival will be at Ashfield Park on Sunday 20 March. The Youth Committee will be running an information stall, Big Ball Soccer, Leo will Emcee on Main Stage and Liliana will speak at Migration Stories.
Graffiti Action Day
Sunday 15 May is Graffiti Action Day. Council is planning a morning workshop down at DJ Gardens, Summer Hill where residents can help transform the Franklins wall that runs behind the tennis courts, by painting over the graffiti. There will be a free BBQ for those who join in.
Patrick will attend a meeting on 31 March with the Grants Commission, who administer $1.3 million of grants each year.
Opening of New Library
The new Ashfield Library will be open in mid-May by Richard Glover. It will be twice the size of the old library. There are plans to run events and activities in the new library including a band night and Sydney Writers Festival events.
PRESENTATION: Australian Red Cross by Jo Page
The Red Cross is an international organisation that provides emergency relief for people in times of conflict and natural disasters. The Red Cross is independent from Government and is a signatory of the Geneva Convention. It relies heavily on volunteers and has over 60,000 people volunteering across Australia.
As well as its emergency relief work, the Red Cross also runs community programs. These include First Aid training and service, Telecross, tracing family members lost through conflict and war, Blood Bank (separate service).
They also run programs for young people.
ACTION: Committee members to consider running a project through the Y Challenge program.
PRESENTATION: Youth Activities at DJ Gardens, Jorge Gutierrez, Summer Hill Community Centre
Summer Hill Community Centre (SHCC) has identified the need for more youth-focused activities. Jorge presented three ideas to the Committee for their feedback:
1) Girls Only Zone – Run a 10-week program of craft activities for young girls. Example candle making, beading, cake decorating.
2) Sports Arvo – Run a weekly sports afternoon each Friday, for young women and men at DJ Gardens. Example: Austag, cricket, tennis, basketball.
3) Youth Festival – Run a youth festival 1-4 times per year. Example: skate competition, band competition, movies night.
Feedback from the Committee members:
Ashfield Youth Theatre – Aimee Falzon
Aimee is the new Theatre Director for Ashfield Youth Theatre. The Youth Theatre runs theatre projects throughout the year. Each project has a different focus. The 2011 program includes activities for playwrights, dancers, actors, and sounds and lighting and design.
Their current project is Flash Mob Crew. A flash mob is where a group of people meet at a public place and perform an unusual synchronised act, usually a dance or a freeze pose, and then disperse, leaving the public dazzled and confused. The group are meeting weekly to devise their dance and locations for the Flash Mob, which will be performed during Youth Week, 1-10 April 2011.
Monday 4 April 2011.
Ashfield Town Hall
PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED AT 6:30PM
Chairperson of the meeting of Ashfield Youth Committee
when the Minutes were confirmed