report from the roundtable – 26 aug
At this week’s council meeting I was pleased to be
able to move a motion to endorse the Yarra Ranges Child and Youth Strategy 2014-2024.
I have had long history of campaigning for children and childcare and the
development of this strategy is one that is dear to my heart.
The strategy seeks to make Yarra Ranges a place where
every child and young person will be able to thrive, reach their potential and
actively participate in decision making.
It recognises the importance of the early years and
early intervention programs to ensure children have every opportunity to
The strategy seeks to cement the relationship between
early years and youth services. It recognises that one outcome of effective
early years services and opportunities will be more resilient and achieving
young people with the flow on effect being more resilient and achieving young
adults, the parents of the next generation.
|I have always been a firm believer in get it right in the |
early years, get it right for life. Here's the class of
2013 Kallista Kinder kids tree planting at the
George Tindale gardens.
of the strategy includes endorsing the Victorian Charter for Child Friendly
Cities and Communities. I was proud to be able to launch
the charter in my role as VLGA President last year. The Charter provides a set of
guiding principles - freedom, respect and dignity and equitable access, to help
to empower our youngest citizens.
The Charter was developed to assist
local governments and community organisations to work in conversation with
children on creating places, policies and programs which fully consider their
I was delighted that councillors
unanimously resolved to endorse the strategy.
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