Youth Council

Hi everyone and welcome to the Youth Council's Have Your Say Web page. Run by the Blue Mountains Youth Council this is a page designed for all young people in the Blue Mountains area to have their say on what is important to them. 

You can speak out on here no matter who you are, without the commitment of having to attend a meeting in person. This is a place for all to come to have a voice that can and will make real changes. So feel free to explore the webpage and Have Your Say!






Hi everyone and welcome to the Youth Council's Have Your Say Web page. Run by the Blue Mountains Youth Council this is a page designed for all young people in the Blue Mountains area to have their say on what is important to them. 

You can speak out on here no matter who you are, without the commitment of having to attend a meeting in person. This is a place for all to come to have a voice that can and will make real changes. So feel free to explore the webpage and Have Your Say!






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  • Research Topic - Experiences of Young People Growing Up & Living in the Upper Blue Mountains

    23 days ago

    Are you 19-35 and live in the Upper Mountains? Or are you a parent of a 19-35 year old who lives in the Upper Mountains?

    Francesca Sidoti is a Masters of Research student at Western Sydney University. She is about to conduct some research on the experiences of young adults of growing up and living in the Upper Mountains. The research is mostly focusing on ideas of choice and ‘unlimited opportunity’ and how young people feel about that in the context of living in the Mountains. To research this, Francesca is going to bring together a group of young people... Continue reading

    Are you 19-35 and live in the Upper Mountains? Or are you a parent of a 19-35 year old who lives in the Upper Mountains?

    Francesca Sidoti is a Masters of Research student at Western Sydney University. She is about to conduct some research on the experiences of young adults of growing up and living in the Upper Mountains. The research is mostly focusing on ideas of choice and ‘unlimited opportunity’ and how young people feel about that in the context of living in the Mountains. To research this, Francesca is going to bring together a group of young people planning to leave the Mountains and a group of young people who have returned to the Mountains and compare how they talk about their experiences.

    Participants should be:

    - Upper Mountains-based, with a significant proportion of childhood having been spent in the Upper Mountains

    - Aged between 19 and 35

    - Planning to move somewhere else OR

    - Permanently returned from living somewhere else

    Involvement in this study would include participation in a focus group at the Katoomba Cultural Centre and a possible follow-up interview. The data collected through this process will be used for the Master of Research thesis and, possibly, for further PhD research.

    Any participant's decision to be involved in this study will have no bearing on their relationship with Western Sydney University. Ask for the participant information sheet for more information.

    If you are interested in participating in this study (or know anyone who is), please contact Francesca - 18471061@student.westernsydney.edu.au or on 0437 976 238.

  • YOUTH WEEK IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS – IT STARTS WITH US

    3 months ago
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    Blue Mountains City Council is pleased to be joining with local schools and community organisations to support Youth Week 2016, taking place during April.

    Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “Youth Week provides an opportunity to celebrate and encourage our young people’s contribution and approach to life. I look forward to Youth Week in the Blue Mountains.”

    Upcoming Youth Week events include the free-of-charge Goodomabah Aboriginal Film Festival from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 April, screening in various venues in Katoomba. Everyone in the community is invited and audiences can expect short and feature films boasting a diverse range of compelling... Continue reading

    Blue Mountains City Council is pleased to be joining with local schools and community organisations to support Youth Week 2016, taking place during April.

    Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “Youth Week provides an opportunity to celebrate and encourage our young people’s contribution and approach to life. I look forward to Youth Week in the Blue Mountains.”

    Upcoming Youth Week events include the free-of-charge Goodomabah Aboriginal Film Festival from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 April, screening in various venues in Katoomba. Everyone in the community is invited and audiences can expect short and feature films boasting a diverse range of compelling and entertaining stories. In addition, a Youth Week Mini Fete & Graffiti workshop developed by the Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST) will take place Thursday 14 & Friday 15 April.

    Youth Week events began on Saturday 2 April with a Youth Week Creative Showcase. Young people from schools across the lower Blue Mountains treated the community to an eclectic series of artistic performances.

    The event is unique in that that the young people themselves were responsible for all facets of the show’s production. Nikki Tunica, Principal of Blaxland High School said, “We are stepping away from this one. Youth Week is about showcasing the talent, abilities and enthusiasm of young people and they really are in charge of this event.”

    Along with music, dance and comedy, the program includes an inspiring question and answer session with special guest Coen Ashton, a young cystic fibrosis survivor who, at the age of 13, became the youngest person to jet-ski the 2,000 kilometre length of the Murray River, and did so while requiring a double lung transplant. He signed 100 new names to the Organ Donor Register along the way.

    The Creative Showcase is a partnership project between Blue Mountains City Council, Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Blue Mountains City Church, Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST) and Blaxland High School.

    To stay updated with Blue Mountains Youth Week events, like the Blue Mountains Youth Council’s Facebook page on www.facebook.com/bluemountainsyouthcouncil/




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  • Applications CLOSE TODAY (Wednesday, 2 March 2016) - Blue Mountains Youth Council

    4 months ago

    Applications CLOSE TODAY (Wednesday, 2 March 2016) to be a Blue Mountains Youth Councillor!
    If you are 12-17 years old, live in the Blue Mountains, care about what's happening for young people, the environment, your town and your future, then you are perfect for Youth Council.

    For more information, see this website or contact Council's Youth Services Development Officer, Anita Kazis on 4780 5680. To apply, please select the 'Application' tab on the homepage of this website.

    Applications CLOSE TODAY (Wednesday, 2 March 2016) to be a Blue Mountains Youth Councillor!
    If you are 12-17 years old, live in the Blue Mountains, care about what's happening for young people, the environment, your town and your future, then you are perfect for Youth Council.

    For more information, see this website or contact Council's Youth Services Development Officer, Anita Kazis on 4780 5680. To apply, please select the 'Application' tab on the homepage of this website.

  • APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR BLUE MOUNTAINS YOUTH COUNCIL

    5 months ago
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    Applications are open to be a Blue Mountains Youth Councillor!

    If you are 12-17 years old, live in the Blue Mountains, care about what's happening for young people, the environment, your town and your future, then you are perfect for Youth Council!

    For more information, see this website or contact Council's Youth Services Development Officer, Anita Kazis on 4780 5680. To apply, please select the 'Application' tab on the homepage of this website.



    Applications are open to be a Blue Mountains Youth Councillor!

    If you are 12-17 years old, live in the Blue Mountains, care about what's happening for young people, the environment, your town and your future, then you are perfect for Youth Council!

    For more information, see this website or contact Council's Youth Services Development Officer, Anita Kazis on 4780 5680. To apply, please select the 'Application' tab on the homepage of this website.



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  • GREEN LIGHT FOR A BLUE MOUNTAINS YOUTH CONGRESS

    6 months ago
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    Blue Mountains City Council has secured a grant of $50,000 to deliver a Blue Mountains Youth, Environmental and Social Congress: For Young People by Young People.

    Planned for early 2016, the Youth Congress aims to engage young people from across the Blue Mountains to lead ecological and social innovation, through community driven change that includes connecting young people with nature.

    Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill said, “I am pleased that local young people will have this opportunity. By organising the Youth Congress, with support from the Council, young residents can acquire various skills in areas such as project planning, leadership,... Continue reading

    Blue Mountains City Council has secured a grant of $50,000 to deliver a Blue Mountains Youth, Environmental and Social Congress: For Young People by Young People.

    Planned for early 2016, the Youth Congress aims to engage young people from across the Blue Mountains to lead ecological and social innovation, through community driven change that includes connecting young people with nature.

    Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill said, “I am pleased that local young people will have this opportunity. By organising the Youth Congress, with support from the Council, young residents can acquire various skills in areas such as project planning, leadership, decision making, community engagement, team building and communication. Such experience will help equip them with valuable skills for the future.”

    The Youth Congress organisers will be trained in Leadership Facilitation by the award-winning organisation OzGreen. The not-for-profit organisation educates people around the world, enabling them to take action to improve their environment.

    The first two days of the Youth Congress will be spent examining local social and environmental challenges, brainstorming solutions and using decision-making models to determine local projects that make a difference. Their ideas will then be presented to community and business leaders for their support and endorsement. The Blue Mountains Youth Council will be closely involved.

    The project will be inclusive and aims to improve mental health outcomes for young people. Research has shown that contact with nature can help reduce the effects of many physical, social and wellbeing challenges faced today.

    “The Youth Congress is a great chance for young people to build their capacity and shape their priorities,” said Cr Greenhill. “I encourage all young people in the Blue Mountains to be involved and have their voices heard.”

    The grant is awarded by the NSW State Government Department of Family and Community Services, as part of the Youth Opportunities program.


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  • End of the 2015 Community Christmas 'Giving Tree' Project

    6 months ago
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    The Christmas 'Giving Tree' project initiated by the Blue Mountains Youth Council attracted 60 donated gifts. These were then further distributed to young people for Christmas 2015, thanks to help from Platform Youth Services.

    Thank you to all who were involved in the success of this project!


    The Christmas 'Giving Tree' project initiated by the Blue Mountains Youth Council attracted 60 donated gifts. These were then further distributed to young people for Christmas 2015, thanks to help from Platform Youth Services.

    Thank you to all who were involved in the success of this project!


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  • Blue Mountains Youth Council’s Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ Project – Launch Invitation

    8 months ago
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    Season’s greetings,

    It’s that time of year again, when family and friends get together and celebrate Christmas; however, for many of our young people this can be a time of sadness and loneliness. That’s why the Youth Councillors invite you to share the Christmas Spirit with the young people of the Blue Mountains who are in need of support. Please help us do that by launching our Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ project.

    Date: Saturday, 28 November 2015

    Time: 12 noon – 1:00 pm

    Venue: Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub

    Springwood Central Library

    104 Macquarie Road, Springwood

    We hope you... Continue reading

    Season’s greetings,

    It’s that time of year again, when family and friends get together and celebrate Christmas; however, for many of our young people this can be a time of sadness and loneliness. That’s why the Youth Councillors invite you to share the Christmas Spirit with the young people of the Blue Mountains who are in need of support. Please help us do that by launching our Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ project.

    Date: Saturday, 28 November 2015

    Time: 12 noon – 1:00 pm

    Venue: Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub

    Springwood Central Library

    104 Macquarie Road, Springwood

    We hope you can join us to launch the ‘Giving Tree’ project, hear special guests, enjoy some entertainment and refreshments, and meet the Blue Mountains Youth Councillors. We believe this would be a great example of the caring, united community we have here in the Blue Mountains.

    We would also like to invite you to contribute by donating a gift and in exchange a decoration with your name and/or logo will be hung on the ‘Giving Tree’. All donations will be given to Platform Youth Services to distribute to young people in need. Preferred donations are gifts that any teenager would wish to receive for Christmas.

    Some suggested items to donate (preferably gift-wrapped with a description to let us know what’s inside):

    • toiletries such as body lotion, body spray and/or makeup;

    • accessories such as hair clips, purses and trinkets;

    • sports gear such as for cricket, soccer;

    • music items such as iTunes vouchers, headphones;

    • edible treats such as chocolates, biscuits;

    • clothes such as socks, t-shirts.

    If you require any further information, please contact Anita Kazis, Council’s Youth Services Development Officer, t: 4780 5680, or e: akazis@bmcc.nsw.gov.au.

    Thanks and yours faithfully


    Blue Mountains Youth Council



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  • BLUE MOUNTAINS YOUTH EMPOWERED FOR ACTION

    8 months ago
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    Blue Mountains Youth Councillors are now further empowered to inspire and support our local youth following their attendance at the 2015 NSW Youth Council Conference recently.

    Hosted by the Eurobodalla Youth Committee, the successful conference was attended by 130 young people from various rural and city councils in NSW - all set on the stunning coast of the Bateman’s Bay region. Youth listened to inspirational guest speakers and discussed the needs of young people in their own communities. The theme for the conference was 'Create, Collaborate, Change'.

    Seven Blue Mountains conference delegates - Lem Appel, Grace Faulder, Joey... Continue reading

    Blue Mountains Youth Councillors are now further empowered to inspire and support our local youth following their attendance at the 2015 NSW Youth Council Conference recently.

    Hosted by the Eurobodalla Youth Committee, the successful conference was attended by 130 young people from various rural and city councils in NSW - all set on the stunning coast of the Bateman’s Bay region. Youth listened to inspirational guest speakers and discussed the needs of young people in their own communities. The theme for the conference was 'Create, Collaborate, Change'.

    Seven Blue Mountains conference delegates - Lem Appel, Grace Faulder, Joey Jones-Romeo, Ruby Moria, Paul Mukhin, Sasha Titovs, and Brodie Wylde - developed their capacity to facilitate change in their communities; listened to the experiences of others already making changes, learned how to start community projects, and increased their knowledge about available resources.

    These Youth Councillors will now share their knowledge with the other Blue Mountains Youth Councillors to enable the success of their future projects, with a focus on the local environment, social justice issues, and public art.

    Blue Mountains Youth Councillor and conference delegate, Brodie Wylde, said, “An important part of working with our local youth is to create a sense of belonging, feel supported, feel safe and have fun together.

    We are setting up practical and inclusive ways to do this so that we can all get together, do great activities, plus introduce improvements for the youth of the Blue Mountains.”

    Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “I am excited and encouraged by the energy and vision of the new Blue Mountains Youth Council.

    I have no doubt their efforts will build on their predecessors and create positive change for young people in our City.”

    To see videos and photos of the conference event and find out more about the Youth Council, follow them on Facebook by searching ‘Blue Mountains Youth Council’. You can also see more online at http://bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/youthcouncil

    Photo: Blue Mountains Youth Council delegates and guardians worked hard and had plenty of fun at the 2015 NSW Youth Council Conference in the Eurobodalla Shire (L-R) Lem Appel, Joey Jones-Romeo, Paul Mukhin, Brodie Wylde, Grace Faulder, Anita Kazis, Sasha Titovs, Kees de Koster and Ruby Moria.


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  • Headspace YOUTHMAG Spring Edition Features Winter Magic

    8 months ago
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    The latest edition of Headspace YOUTHMAG has covered a story about our very own Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival.

    The contents page of this online magazine introduces the article: "While we peel away those layers, one of our Youth Advisory Members reflects on the hottest (or should I say coolest) events in winter in our very own Western Syd!"

    Take a look at the full story in this link to Headspace YOUTHMAG - 2015 Spring edition.

    Headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing support to 12-25 year olds going through... Continue reading

    The latest edition of Headspace YOUTHMAG has covered a story about our very own Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival.

    The contents page of this online magazine introduces the article: "While we peel away those layers, one of our Youth Advisory Members reflects on the hottest (or should I say coolest) events in winter in our very own Western Syd!"

    Take a look at the full story in this link to Headspace YOUTHMAG - 2015 Spring edition.

    Headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing support to 12-25 year olds going through a tough time. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

    The headspace YOUTHMAG is a quarterly magazine specifically developed by headspace Youth Advisory Committee members from across Western Sydney. They are local young people representing the Headspace centres at Parramatta, Mount Druitt and Penrith. Their purpose is to raise awareness of mental health concerns amongst young people and reduce the stigma around mental health to encourage help-seeking.


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  • Youth Councillor Grace Faulder to Co-chair June Council meeting

    about 1 year ago
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    Blue Mountains Youth Councillor Grace Faulder has been chosen to co-chair the 23 June 2015 Council meeting with the Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill.

    The Deputy Mayor Cr Chris Van der Kley attended the May Ordinary Youth Council meeting as a member of the Youth Council's Advisory Committee. Cr Van der Kley assisted by drawing a random name from those Youth Councillors who put their names forward for the co-chairing opportunity.

    Grace is a new, incoming Youth Councillor. A Springwood resident and student at Penrith Selective High School, Grace joined the Youth Council to become a voice for younger people in... Continue reading

    Blue Mountains Youth Councillor Grace Faulder has been chosen to co-chair the 23 June 2015 Council meeting with the Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill.

    The Deputy Mayor Cr Chris Van der Kley attended the May Ordinary Youth Council meeting as a member of the Youth Council's Advisory Committee. Cr Van der Kley assisted by drawing a random name from those Youth Councillors who put their names forward for the co-chairing opportunity.

    Grace is a new, incoming Youth Councillor. A Springwood resident and student at Penrith Selective High School, Grace joined the Youth Council to become a voice for younger people in society.

    "I participated in the YMCA NSW Junior Parliament and I've become a lot more passionate about issues that are important to me and this has given me enough confidence to believe that I can make a difference," said the fourteen-year-old.

    "I believe that the Blue Mountains Youth Council will allow me to voice my opinion and take action on issues that are important in our community such as Youth Homelessness and I would also find others that have similar beliefs and passions," said Grace.

    Everyone from the general public is welcome to attend the meeting, taking place from 7:30pm at the Council Chambers at 2 Civic Place, Katoomba. This Blue Mountains City Council meeting will welcome the new term of Youth Council and thank the outgoing Youth Councillors for all their good work.




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