MINUTES OF THE ASHFIELD YOUTH COMMITTEE OF ASHFIELD COUNCIL, HELD ON LEVEL 6, CIVIC CENTRE, 260 LIVERPOOL ROAD, ASHFIELD ON MONDAY 7 JULY 2014, COMMENCING AT 5:00 PM.
PRESENT Councillor Lofts (Chairperson), Antoinette El-Alam, Victor Dao, Johnny Egurrola, Vickie Yan Muk, Stephanie Weyland, Simone Tai and Tom Brody (guest).
Ms Jane Pollard Team Leader, Community Programs
Ms Camille Cavill Community Development Worker
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."
Reece York, Richard Gough, Sophie Hawkshaw and Emma Suyasa
DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST
No disclosures were made.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
The minutes of the Ashfield Youth Committee Meeting held on 2 June 2014 were confirmed.
2014-2015 Budget: Council made a commitment to accelerate infrastructure spending and this will include spending money on the upgrade of the Summer Hill Skate Park.
NAIDOC Week runs from 6 – 13 July 2014. It celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Council is hosting several events including
· Tuesday 8 July, 10am, Inner West Regional NAIDOC Festival at Steel Park, Marrickville
· Thursday 10 July, 6pm, Anita Heiss author talk at the Ashfield Town Hall.
· Friday 11 July, 11am, NAIDOC celebration and Short Film screening “Harry’s War” at Ashfield Town Hall
Johnny, Vicky, Stephanie, Antoinette and Tom showed an interest in volunteering at the NAIDOC Week event on Friday.
ACTION: Camille to liaise with Event Organisers to setup up volunteer roles and email those interested.
Ashfield Town Centre Renewal: Council is consulting with the local community about how it can improve the Ashfield Town Centre. It has launched an interactive website http://renew.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/ where people can leave their comments about different spaces in the Town Centre. The area includes Ashfield train station, Ashfield Mall, up to Wests Ashfield Leagues, Ashfield Park, Ashfield Pool and Pratten Park. Young people are heavy users of the Town Centre and Council welcomes their input.
ACTION: Youth Committee members to visit the interactive website and post comments with their ideas for Town Centre improvements.
ANZAC Youth Art Competition: Council has launched the ANZAC Youth Art Competition which invites 12 – 24 year olds to create an artwork or short film that explores sacrifices made by Australians in war and peacetime. We are looking for works that explore stories around the role of women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, migrants and the impact of returning home of the soldiers. There is up to $500 prize money for first place. Entries close on 3 October 2014.
Camille led the Committee through the planning session, revisiting the Committee’s aims and objectives, outcomes from last month’s leadership training, and brainstorming projects in four key areas: Youth Events, Council Projects, Consultation/Policy/Issues, Promotion of Youth Committee for the Youth Committee.
In summary, the Committee voted on the following projects:
· Cooking Classes
· Movie nights
· Fitness Classes eg yoga night
· Resume workshops
· Exodus Partnership
· School Holidays
· Film Festival
· Summer Hill Skate Park (consultation and advocacy)
· Town Centre Renewal
· Greenway (regular youth activity)
Promotion of Youth Committee
· Participate on headspace Reference Group
· Opportunities to input into Council Developments (eg new bus stops)
· Facebook (increase likes, posts and interactions, take out paid advertising)
· Setup linked Instagram and/or Twitter
· Hand out flyers in local areas
PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED AT 6.45PM
Chairperson of the meeting of Ashfield Youth Committee
when the Minutes were confirmed