Young people across Townsville are being celebrated for the benefits they bring to our community this Queensland Youth Week.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said Townsville was home to some phenomenal young people.

“At Council we have the pleasure of recognising our Young Citizen of the Year as part of the Australia Day Awards, and this year we were able to thank Kobe Chun-Tie for his selfless fundraising for the Cancer Council. We also got to shine a light on Zoe Chester with a Junior Spots Award, showcasing her tireless commitment to Townsville Central Little Athletics,” Cr Greaney said.

“These two shining stars are just two young people in Townsville who go above and beyond in their pursuits, but they’re far from the only ones. We have a city with countless children and teenagers who are making their family, friends and community proud.”

Cr Greaney said Council was committed to bolstering the potential of young people in Townsville.

“Our kids and teenagers are the future of our city, which is why Council is focused on supporting young people to complete their education and to provide pathways to careers beyond their schooling,” she said.

“Council works to grow the city’s workforce through offering apprenticeships, traineeships and graduate positions to young locals, helping to train them to become some of the city’s most talented tradespeople and professionals.

“We also maintain a focus on creating meaningful spaces at our libraries, parks and community events that provide opportunities for skills growth. This includes investing $5 million into infrastructure and services dedicated to youth engagement, hosting more than 480 programs at our CityLibraries, maintaining six skate parks, two BMX tracks, six tennis courts and an extensive number of basketball courts, and seven inclusive parks for young people to enjoy.

“As part of our programs, we are bringing the Youth Arts Hub @ NAFA to the community for the first time, bolstering local talent and cementing Townsville’s reputation as the arts and events capital of Northern Australia.

“We also support Townsville Youth Council as they work to represent young people, communicate and liaise with the community, and organise projects. Members of the Youth Council are part of an advisory, consultative and action group for Townsville and do a wonderful job representing young people in our region.”

For more information about Queensland Youth Week, including a list of all Youth Week events across the state, visit the Queensland Youth Week website.