Children and Young People First Partnership Committee Expressions of Interest

Parents of children and community members who volunteer or work with young people are encouraging to submit an expression of interest for Council’s new Children and Young People First Partnership Committee.

Are you passionate about helping children and young people to live healthy and well?

We are looking for six enthusiastic community representatives to work with young people, Council, and key organisations to assist children and young people to be active, eat healthy, and look after their mental health in Central Goldfields as part of the Children and Young People First project.

As part of Council’s Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (2021 – 2025) and a partnership with VicHealth, this project supports children and young people (ages 0 -25) to participate in the decisions Council makes about community health and wellbeing, and shape their own future.

EOI’s close on Sunday 12 December, with the first meeting to be held at 3.30pm on Thursday 16 December.

Contact for further information:

Gemma Simpson, Central Goldfields Shire Children and Young People First Project Officer

Who will the group conist of?

Membership will consist of representative officers from Council, key organisations and the community.

Central Goldfields Shire Council:

  • Manager Community Partnerships
  • Children and Young People First Project Officer
  • Youth Worker
  • Sustainability Officer

Key organisations:

  • Maryborough and District Health Service
  • SportsFocus
  • Highview College
  • Maryborough Education Centre
  • Go Goldfields

Youth representation:

  • Members of the Youth Advisory Group (to be established)
  • Up to six (6) community representatives with relevant experience

Community representation:

What are the proposed functions of the group?

The group will:

  • assist to reach and engage children and young people (ages 0 -25) from a range of backgrounds, abilities, and communities in the Shire
  • work with children and young people to identify and address the long levers and systemic barriers that impact on their health and wellbeing outcomes in the community
  • support and facilitate children and young people to participate in an extensive co-design process through which they will develop community actions to improve their health and wellbeing, participate in the implementation of these actions, as well as further
  • ensure the voices of children and young people are reflected in outcomes and actions that are incorporated into the Central Goldfields Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (2021-2025)
  • foster strong connections between Council and community partners to build overall community capacity and maximise positive impact of the Health and Wellbeing Plan for children and young people in the Central Goldfields Shire, and
  • assist the Project Officer to oversee project governance, including by contributing to strategic decisions and participating in project monitoring and evaluation.

What skills do I need to apply?

Council is seeking community representatives with expertise and experience helping children and young people to live healthy lives, whether through professional, personal, or volunteer experience. All representatives will be required to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

Ideally, we are looking for a mix of ages, genders, abilities, knowledge and experiences. We would particularly encourage parents of young children, and community members involved in sports programs for children and young people, to apply.

What is the time commitment?

The Partnership Committee will meet monthly for the first three (3) months, and then quarterly or bi-monthly thereafter (this will be decided by the committee). There will also be opportunities for project group work.

The inception meeting for the Advisory Group will be held in mid-December.

Community representatives will be appointed for an initial term of 18 months until September 2023, with an opportunity to extend involvement dependant on ongoing funding availability.