Junior Gold Coast Council- Breaking News

Siobhan Lau elected on the Gold Coast City Council Executive Committee

The Junior Council is a student leadership and civic program for young people in grades 10 and 11 attending high schools within the Gold Coast region. The two year program provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in communication, public speaking, leadership, and learn about local government and community issues.

In 2017, 29 Gold Coast state and private high schools participated in the program. Junior Council celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2013.The 2018 program will be another successful year with dynamic guest speakers, workshops and opportunities for students. The City of Gold Coast Junior Council program aims to provide young people with:

  • Citizenship
    Better understanding of the role and functions of local government, the Gold Coast community and local issues.
  • Participation
    Opportunities to have a voice: raise issues, exchange ideas, discuss community issues and provide input into City planning, programs and services.
    Opportunities to develop important skills including communication, consultation, leadership and program development.
  • Consultation
    Opportunities for young people to be involved in the decision-making processes.
  • Community
    A sense of community through active participation in Gold Coast community life and meeting like-minded people.

Each year, QAHS invites incoming year 10 students to apply for the two positions available. This year Amy Dehghan and Angie Zhou were successful in the application process and will have the chance to apply for leadership positions in their second year of term.

Our Year 11 student representatives, Siobhan Lau and Maddy Brooker continue the privilege of contributing to the broader community. Siobhan recently applied for an executive position, delivered the required speeches and was successful in her appointment based on a majority vote.

See Siobhan’s reflection below:

“Applying for the Gold Coast Junior Council with my school’s support was one of the best decisions made last year, and  I’m so excited to become part of this year’s Executive team allowing me to further contribute to the city. Junior council has provided me with countless opportunities to develop myself such as getting involved with the Commonwealth Games, Homeless Connect, and many more! I am looking forward to taking part in the community’s upcoming events while representing the council in my new role.”
Siobhan Lau – Year 11

Ms Alita Blackmur
HoD Global Learners