Townsville City Council is boosting the voices of young people across the city this Youth Week to highlight the ways in which young people are striving to achieve greatness in the community.


Council will support the Human Rights Youth Forum Townsville, being presented by Queensland Human Rights Commission and Townsville Youth Council, this week.


The forum will include discussions for young people on how to further build a community where all people feel safe, respected and included.


Earlier this year Townsville City Council also supported Townsville Youth Council in holding a two-day Youth Leadership Development Program and has produced videos from the event, shining a light on the steps that the senior-school leaders are taking to contribute to a productive future following graduation.


Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said it was great to be able to provide a platform to recognise and discuss all the positive things the younger generation bring to the Townsville community.


“Council is focussed on supporting platforms for youth to come together and explore ways they can reach their goals and contribute positively in our community,” Cr Greaney said.


“Young people are the future of our city, and it’s important that we provide them with the agency and support to be able to make informed decisions about their futures and how they will enrich Townsville.


“We’re lucky that the majority of the young people in our city are doing great things, including our Young Citizen of the Year 2021 Emily Walker, who at just 12 years old has been recognised for her work in lobbying the impact of single use plastics on the environment.


“I’d encourage all kids and teenagers in our city to tap into these programs and support and seek out ways they can participate in growing Townsville.”