The introduction of a bin beautification project and a soft-plastic recycling system for the home are among recommendations put forward by the City of Greater Geelong’s Youth Council in its second report of 2022.
Junior Mayor Wren Rowbottom said the subjects of waste and recycling caught the attention of youth council members and were identified as areas where they could work with the council to make a difference in the community.
The Youth Council identified a bin-beautification initiative as having the potential to help combat litter in the community, while a soft plastics project could be an important step in assisting council in its quest to reduce waste and recycle more effectively.
Along with the waste and recycling priorities, the Youth Council identified providing equitable and safe spaces for young people, supporting a dedicated youth space in central Geelong, and improving the mental health and wellbeing of youth as areas of importance.
In line with the recommendations, the city is considering the waste and recycling proposals which would expand on existing initiatives relating to soft plastics and messages on public place bins.
The Youth Council, is a group of 12 people, aged 12 to 17, who were elected to the City’s Youth Council Advisory Committee for a 12-month term to provide the region’s official “youth voice”.
Councillor Sarah Mansfield said the Youth Council provided a valuable advisory role to council and had identified significant priority areas.
“It’s pleasing to see the younger members of our community on the front foot with ideas that have the potential for real impact in our community,” Mansfield said.
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