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MINUTES OF THE ASHFIELD YOUTH COMMITTEE OF ASHFIELD COUNCIL, HELD ON LEVEL 6, CIVIC CENTRE, 260 LIVERPOOL ROAD, ASHFIELD ON MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2012, COMMENCING AT 5:30 PM.

 

 

PRESENT         Councillor Alex Lofts (Chairperson), Nellette Kettle (Director Corporate and Community Services), Liliana Tai, Simone Tai, Johnny Egurrola, Yatha Jain, Emma Suyasa  and Camille Cavill   

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF LOCAL ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY

 

"Let us acknowledge that we are meeting on country for which the members and elders of the local Aboriginal 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."

 

APOLOGIES    

 

Mary Britton, Pooja Halasagi, Sophie Hawkshaw, Vinay Halasagi, Edward Mei, Antoinette El-Alam

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

 

No disclosures were made.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

 

 

The minutes of the Ashfield Youth Committee Meeting held on 20 August 2012 were confirmed.

 

WELCOME

 

Welcome to Councillor Alex Lofts who is the new Chairperson of the Ashfield Youth Committee. Councillor Vittoria Raciti and Councillor Julie Passas are also Councillors who will sit on the Youth Committee.

 

RESIGNATION

 

Emily Cyrill-Curran has resigned from the Committee.


ACTIONS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES

 

All actions were complete, except quotes from the T-shirt sub-committee. This action is to be carried over to the next meeting.

 

Action:      T-shirt Sub-Committee (Yatha, Johnny and Pooja) to get three quotes for Youth Committee T-shirts.

 

UPDATE FROM COUNCIL INCLUDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS

 

Skate Park Upgrade – Council has agreed to investigate upgrading the Skate Park at DJ Gardens, Summer Hill. The next step is for Council to form a committee which will consult the community and important stakeholders, confirm who uses the netball courts and get feedback on what the local residents think. A final decision will be made by the Council.

 

Teen Movie Night – Men in Black III will be screening on Friday 26 October, 6pm-8.30pm at Ashfield Civic Centre. There will be free pizza, popcorn and lucky door prizes. Youth Committee members who are able to volunteer on the night should arrive at 5.30pm to help set up.

 

Youth Centre – Construction on the Ashfield Youth Centre is almost complete. There are photos on Facebook of the Youth Centre. Council staff have conducted a survey of local young people asking them what they’d like to see happen at the Centre. Also, Council staff have been meeting with local youth organisations such as Wesley Mission and Metro Assist/Migrant Resource Centre to discuss developing a partnership to run programs at the Centre. It is likely that Council will start to open the Youth Centre – a soft opening – in January 2013 to run school holiday programs. The official opening of the Centre will be in April 2013, to tie in with Youth Week.

 

Committee members thought that the name Ashfield Youth Centre was not appealing and that a different name should be sought for the Centre. There is a survey on Facebook (Ashfield Youth Committee and Ashfield Youth Theatre pages) asking for feedback about the name of the Ashfield Youth Centre.

 

Action:      Camille to arrange a tour of the Youth Centre a future Committee meeting.

 

Action:      Results of the Youth Centre survey to be discussed at a future Youth Committee meeting.

 

Action:      Youth Committee to discuss a name change for the Ashfield Youth Centre.

 

 

Ashfield Library Social Media – Ashfield Library has a Twitter and Facebook page with updates on new books, author talks and other programs and events.


 

Facebook Training - In the future, the Library will be conducting classes for the public to learn how to use Facebook. This is an opportunity for local young people, who we could train to enable them to lead the classes.

 

Spine Book Poetry Competition – The Library is running a poetry competition for 12-18 year olds. Spine Book poetry involves using book titles from book spines and piling them in a way to create a clever poem. To enter, take a photo of your book spine poetry and send into Council before 5pm, 30 November. The poem must link in with one of the twelve National Year of Reading themes. There are prizes to be won.

 

DRAFT TERMS OF REFERENCE – ASHFIELD YOUTH COMMITTEE

 

Camille has updated the Terms of Reference for the Ashfield Youth Committee. The Terms of Reference outlines the purpose of the Committee, how meetings work and who is on the Committee. Once the Terms of Reference have been approved internally, a draft copy will be given to the Youth Committee for their feedback and advice. After that, the Terms of Reference will go to a Council meeting for approval/adoption.

 

SHIFT THIS 2012

This will be discussed at the next meeting.

 

 

DEBRIEF TEEN GAMES NIGHT

 

This will be discussed at the next meeting.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

Teen Movie Night -  Committee members thought that Teen Movie Night should continue to run next year. Some ideas for future movies included: episodes of TV show Friends or How I Met Your Mother. Some Committee members thought that old style movies, such as Batman (1989) which we screened for the July movie, was too old school and not appealing to a youth audience. Not everyone agreed. There was a suggestion to screen PG movies, not just M movies. Also, movies screened during the long weekend and school holidays have a poorer attendance rate.

 

Photocopying Fees at the Library – Yatha discussed the cost of colour photocopying and printing at the Ashfield Library. She advised that the fees are expensive for a students ($2.15 per page) especially if you are printing multiple pages. Other Committee members agreed. The fees and charges for the Library are set by a Sydney-wide committee which sets prices such that they are consistent across the region.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

That the Library fees and charges be reviewed with a view to reducing the colour photocopying and printing charges for students.

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING

 

The next meeting will be held on Monday 5 November 2012 at Ashfield Civic Centre, 5.30pm-6.30pm.

 

 

 

 

PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED AT 6.45PM

 

 

Chairperson of the meeting of Ashfield Youth Committee

when the Minutes were confirmed

 

 

 

 

 

Chairperson

 

 

 

 

 

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