As a member of the Gold Coast Junior Council Executive Committee I was fortunate enough to be able to partake in an exclusive video conference with the Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate recently. This meeting provided an opportunity for me and the other members to learn how the Gold Coast has withstood the events of COVID-19 and what opportunities in future are available for the young people of the Gold Coast. My role as an executive committee member means that I have a unique responsibility of being a link between the youth of the Gold Coast and members of the Gold Coast City Council by providing them with feedback and the opinions of other school students. With all the events surrounding COVID-19 Mayor Tom Tate and the Gold Coast City Council were looking to find how Gold Coast youth were handling the newly adjusted conditions in all aspects from mental and physical wellbeing to learning from home. The Council is always wanting to hear student opinions as it is often one that is not expressed enough. The Council looks to the executive members to find and promote everyone to share their opinions. During my most recent meeting with the other executive members and the Mayor we discussed how the youth of the Gold Coast can be involved in helping get things back to normal as well as how the Council can assist young people during these particular times. The executive committee were able to provide feedback back to the Mayor and Councillors which shows how the youth can have a big impact on how the Council make decisions and choices within our city. Before the next Junior Council Meeting it would be great to hear more feedback and opinions from our school students on what they would like to see changed or anything that they would want to find more information on within our city.
2020 Gold Coast Junior
Council Executive Committee (Naughton pictured right) (publicly available from https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/community/junior-council-3294.html)
Year 11 Student
Gold Coast Junior Council Executive Committee member