YOUNG people in Myrtleford will have the opportunity to shape the future of the town through a program that aims to find out and deliver the needs and priorities of youth in rural towns.
Myrtleford was recently selected as one of two rural towns in Victoria to be a pilot for the Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Tomorrow Towns project, along with Koroit in the Moyne Shire.
The Tomorrow Towns project will see the RVC work with youth in the two towns to harness the energy, vision and creativity of young people and understand how councils can better support the engagement of young people so local communities reflect their values and aspirations.
Alpine Shire Council’s community development officer, Kate Simpson said the project will help open lines of communication and ensure young people are engaged in how rural towns develop.
“Myrtleford is one of two pilot communities and the work done on these two projects will inform the development of a toolkit to assist all councils in engaging young people about the values and aspirations they have for their community,” she said.
“This fits in perfectly with the development of Alpine Shire Council’s Youth Strategy which is underway and anticipated to be finalised in July.
“As part of the Tomorrow Towns program, our young people will receive training and mentoring which will build on their skills.”