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!






  • CHRISTMAS ‘GIVING TREE’ RETURNS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN NEED

    12 days ago
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    Christmas is fast approaching and most young people are looking forward to the celebrations. However, not everyone is so fortunate. To help improve this situation, the Blue Mountains Youth Council is running the Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ again.

    Blue Mountains Youth Councillor Delilah Scott said, “The Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ empowers our community to come together and give to those in need.”

    “Everyone needs support at times,” added Youth Councillor Benjamin McGrory, “and we hope you can help by donating gifts to help lift the spirits of young people doing it tough.”

    The Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’... Continue reading

    Christmas is fast approaching and most young people are looking forward to the celebrations. However, not everyone is so fortunate. To help improve this situation, the Blue Mountains Youth Council is running the Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ again.

    Blue Mountains Youth Councillor Delilah Scott said, “The Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ empowers our community to come together and give to those in need.”

    “Everyone needs support at times,” added Youth Councillor Benjamin McGrory, “and we hope you can help by donating gifts to help lift the spirits of young people doing it tough.”

    The Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ is located in Springwood Library. Residents, local businesses and organisations are invited to donate a gift by Friday 16 December. Those who donate may also like to add their names to a gift tag, which will be used to decorate the tree. Donations can also be delivered to Council’s headquarters in Katoomba.

    All donations received will go to the Platform Youth Services organisation, who support young people between the ages of 12-25, and will distribute the gifts to vulnerable young people, in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury areas.

    Teenager-friendly Christmas gifts include music items such as iTunes vouchers or headphones; movie ticket vouchers; accessories like hair clips; or clothes such as t-shirts.

    Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “The Blue Mountains Youth Council’s ‘Giving Tree’ is a good reminder about the true spirit of Christmas. Ours is a generous and caring community and I encourage you to help young people in need to have a happier Christmas.”

    For further information, please contact Anita Kazis, Council’s Youth Services Development Officer on 4780 5680 or akazis@bmcc.nsw.gov.au. Or visit www.facebook.com/bluemountainsyouthcouncil or www.bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/youthcouncil

    Photo: Blue Mountains Youth Councillors (L-R) Maisy Costa, Adam Tjoelker, Caspar Zauner, Eden Conway, Meg Hill, Grace Faulder, Sasha Titovs and Paul Mukhin helping to decorate the Youth Council’s ‘Giving Tree’ at Springwood Library. The community is invited to donate gifts for young people in need in the Blue Mountains for Christmas.
  • PROJECT NOW YOUTH CONGRESS GATHERING FOR THE GREATER GOOD

    about 1 month ago
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    Blue Mountains City Council hosted a successful gathering of 50 young people from across the City for the three-day Project NOW Youth Congress with a focus on environmental and social justice concerns.

    Council, in partnership with OzGreen, Blue Mountains Youth Council and young people enjoyed a stimulating program of activities culminating with Congress participants pitching their own community development project ideas.

    Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “The Youth Congress was an outstanding success and the contribution of our young people inspirational.

    Young people developed six projects and presented them to 26 community stakeholders, representing organisations ranging from educational and financial,... Continue reading


    Blue Mountains City Council hosted a successful gathering of 50 young people from across the City for the three-day Project NOW Youth Congress with a focus on environmental and social justice concerns.

    Council, in partnership with OzGreen, Blue Mountains Youth Council and young people enjoyed a stimulating program of activities culminating with Congress participants pitching their own community development project ideas.

    Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “The Youth Congress was an outstanding success and the contribution of our young people inspirational.

    Young people developed six projects and presented them to 26 community stakeholders, representing organisations ranging from educational and financial, to social services and environmental, and Council. The stakeholders assisted in determining how the available $6,000 funding would be distributed among the following worthy projects:

    · Refugee Youth Connect – a project to connect young people with young refugees and asylum seekers coming to Australia, which aims to lend support via communications. The project earned 1st place and $2,000 funding.

    · Youth Summit – a radio programme for and by young people, broadcasting via Radio Blue Mountains, earning 2nd place and $2,000 funding.

    · Food Forest – a community garden for the lower mountains and a place for young people to develop their skills, earning equal 3rd place and $1,000 funding.

    · One Planet Week – an initiative to educate and encourage the community to live equitably within the resources of one planet Earth. The project earned equal 3rd place and $1,000 funding.

    · Creative Arts Cooperative – to be supported by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise’s Creative Industries Cluster and Gallery ONE88 in Katoomba.

    · Pathways to a Better Future – a youth mental health initiative to be supported by the Mountains Youth Services Team and Headspace Penrith.

    “I congratulate the participants on their initiatives and leadership skills”, said the Mayor. “The Congress achieved its aim of encouraging young people to lead ecological and social innovation. I look forward to seeing the progress of these projects first hand in 2017.”

    Blue Mountains Youth Councillor Aleksandrs (Sasha) Titovs added, “The Project NOW Youth Congress was very inspiring and social. As a result, I am working on the Refugee Youth Connect project which is very exciting.”

    Project NOW is supported by a grant from the NSW Government Youth Opportunities program.

    To follow the progress of Project NOW, visit www.bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/youthcouncil or like the Blue Mountains Youth Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/bluemountainsyouthcouncil/


  • Project Now Youth Congress: Registrations Open

    4 months ago
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    DATE: Thursday 22 September - Saturday 24 September, 2016

    LOCATION: Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood

    WHAT IS PROJECT NOW?

    Blue Mountains City Council is hosting an event called the Project NOW Youth Congress. It will take place from Thursday 22 September to Saturday 24 September, 2016 at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub at Springwood.

    Project NOW is an opportunity for young people to be empowered, to be leaders, and to help improve their community.

    WHO IS INVOLVED?

    Blue Mountains City Council received funding from the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities program to conduct Project NOW. Anita Kazis is the Youth Congress Project Officer at Blue Mountains City Council who is coordinating Project NOW. For more information you can contact her at akazis@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or telephone: 02 4780 5680.

    The following youth leaders, with the support of Council, will be facilitating the Project NOW Youth Congress:

    • Eden Conway, Sophie Jansons and Xandy Whatmuff - Springwood High School
    • Meg Hill - Korowal School
    • Ruby Moria - La Salle Academy
    • Kiralee Roscoe-Bynon and Leah Roscoe-Bynon - Winmalee High School
    • Delilah Scott - Home School
    • Jordan Taylor-Colless - Katoomba High School
    Most of these young leaders are involved with the Blue Mountains Youth Council.

    WHAT IS THE AIM OF PROJECT NOW?

    The aim of the three day Project NOW: Youth Congress is for groups of young people to develop projects that improve their community – either for sustainability or social justice.

    This will take place during Days 1-2 on Thursday 22 September and Friday 23 September, from 9am to 5pm. They will be guided using OzGreen’s award-winning project development method. See www.ozgreen.org for details.

    On Day 3, Saturday 24 September, the groups will finalise their projects and presentations from 1pm to 4:30pm. From 5pm, invited community stakeholders from organisations such as Council, schools, businesses, and community services will view the presentations and help choose three projects to receive a share in $6,000 funding. Young people, with the support of Council, will deliver Project NOW outcomes. Invited stakeholders may also choose other projects to support, which young people will be encouraged to deliver by early 2017.

    HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

    During the Project NOW Youth Congress, all food, drinks and entertainment will be provided. However, you will need to arrange for your own transport to and from the Youth Congress.

    IMPORTANT INFOMRATION

    • There is a limit of 100 places so registrations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.
    • You must be 12 to 17 years old and live in the Blue Mountains to be eligible.
    • You also need permission from your school and parent or guardian.

    DATE: Thursday 22 September - Saturday 24 September, 2016

    LOCATION: Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood

    WHAT IS PROJECT NOW?

    Blue Mountains City Council is hosting an event called the Project NOW Youth Congress. It will take place from Thursday 22 September to Saturday 24 September, 2016 at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub at Springwood.

    Project NOW is an opportunity for young people to be empowered, to be leaders, and to help improve their community.

    WHO IS INVOLVED?

    Blue Mountains City Council received funding from the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities program to conduct Project NOW. Anita Kazis is the Youth Congress Project Officer at Blue Mountains City Council who is coordinating Project NOW. For more information you can contact her at akazis@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or telephone: 02 4780 5680.

    The following youth leaders, with the support of Council, will be facilitating the Project NOW Youth Congress:

    • Eden Conway, Sophie Jansons and Xandy Whatmuff - Springwood High School
    • Meg Hill - Korowal School
    • Ruby Moria - La Salle Academy
    • Kiralee Roscoe-Bynon and Leah Roscoe-Bynon - Winmalee High School
    • Delilah Scott - Home School
    • Jordan Taylor-Colless - Katoomba High School
    Most of these young leaders are involved with the Blue Mountains Youth Council.

    WHAT IS THE AIM OF PROJECT NOW?

    The aim of the three day Project NOW: Youth Congress is for groups of young people to develop projects that improve their community – either for sustainability or social justice.

    This will take place during Days 1-2 on Thursday 22 September and Friday 23 September, from 9am to 5pm. They will be guided using OzGreen’s award-winning project development method. See www.ozgreen.org for details.

    On Day 3, Saturday 24 September, the groups will finalise their projects and presentations from 1pm to 4:30pm. From 5pm, invited community stakeholders from organisations such as Council, schools, businesses, and community services will view the presentations and help choose three projects to receive a share in $6,000 funding. Young people, with the support of Council, will deliver Project NOW outcomes. Invited stakeholders may also choose other projects to support, which young people will be encouraged to deliver by early 2017.

    HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

    During the Project NOW Youth Congress, all food, drinks and entertainment will be provided. However, you will need to arrange for your own transport to and from the Youth Congress.

    IMPORTANT INFOMRATION

    • There is a limit of 100 places so registrations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.
    • You must be 12 to 17 years old and live in the Blue Mountains to be eligible.
    • You also need permission from your school and parent or guardian.
  • PROJECT NOW – Logo Design Competition EXTENDED

    5 months ago
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    Blue Mountains City Council, in partnership with the Blue Mountains Youth Council and local young people, are calling for a logo design for an exciting initiative called Project NOW.

    Project NOW includes a three-day youth congress, a unique event organised by young people, for young people, with a focus on environmental and social issues. Participants are encouraged to advocate for their community by developing ideas for project...s that could receive further support and a share of the $6,000 grant funding available.

    Enter your logo design for Project NOW by the extended deadline of Wednesday 3 August, 2016 for a chance... Continue reading

    Blue Mountains City Council, in partnership with the Blue Mountains Youth Council and local young people, are calling for a logo design for an exciting initiative called Project NOW.

    Project NOW includes a three-day youth congress, a unique event organised by young people, for young people, with a focus on environmental and social issues. Participants are encouraged to advocate for their community by developing ideas for project...s that could receive further support and a share of the $6,000 grant funding available.

    Enter your logo design for Project NOW by the extended deadline of Wednesday 3 August, 2016 for a chance to win a prize and make your mark on an important youth event.

    The youth congress of Project NOW, held between 22- 24 September 2016 at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub in Springwood, is supported by the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities program. With help from the Council and the community, the chosen projects are to be realised in early 2017.

    Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “Together with the Blue Mountains Youth Council, I invite you to submit a logo design for Project NOW that represents aspirations to improve our environment and society.

    "Project NOW is a positive initiative will develop and strengthen young people’s leadership skills, and improve community connections.”

    The winning Project NOW logo designer will be awarded with a $200 music voucher; it can go towards purchasing music, music lessons or even an instrument.

    To enter the competition, visit www.bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/youthcouncil and download the entry form. To follow the Blue Mountains Youth Council, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/bluemountainsyouthcouncil/

    For further information, contact Council’s Community Development Officer, Anita Kazis, on 4780 4680 (Monday to Wednesday) or akazis@bmcc.nsw.gov.au.


  • Design Competition for Project NOW - Blue Mountains Youth Congress

    5 months ago
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    DESIGN THE WINNING “PROJECT NOW - YOUTH CONGRESS” LOGO & WIN A $200 MUSIC VOUCHER!

    Project NOW is the first Youth Congress of its kind to take place in the Blue Mountains.

    Blue Mountains City Council and the Youth Council will present a Blue Mountains Youth, Environmental and Social Congress: For Young People by Young People, in September 2016 at the Blue Mountains Theatre in The Hub at Springwood. All young people aged 12 to 18 living in the Blue Mountains are invited to the congress (but numbers are limited). You will have the chance to brainstorm solutions... Continue reading

    DESIGN THE WINNING “PROJECT NOW - YOUTH CONGRESS” LOGO & WIN A $200 MUSIC VOUCHER!

    Project NOW is the first Youth Congress of its kind to take place in the Blue Mountains.

    Blue Mountains City Council and the Youth Council will present a Blue Mountains Youth, Environmental and Social Congress: For Young People by Young People, in September 2016 at the Blue Mountains Theatre in The Hub at Springwood. All young people aged 12 to 18 living in the Blue Mountains are invited to the congress (but numbers are limited). You will have the chance to brainstorm solutions (with funding) to local social and environmental issues.

    See here for terms and conditions of entry and details on how to enter the logo design competition.

    ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY, 22 JULY 2016. More information and entry forms can also be found at www.facebook.com/bluemountainsyouthcouncil/

    TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

    • Post your completed entry form and design to - Youth Services Development Officer, Locked Bag 1005, Katoomba NSW 2780.

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

    6 months 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

    8 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

    9 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

    11 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

    11 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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