Burnie wins Young Legends Award

L to R Callum Tregurtha (YMCAB), Sarah Chamley (Youth Mayor), McKay Wilday (YAY), Domenic Colpo (YAY), and Courtney Schmidt

L to R Callum Tregurtha (YMCAB), Sarah Chamley (Youth Mayor), McKay Wilday (YAY), Domenic Colpo (YAY), and Courtney Schmidt

The City of Burnie has won the Young Legends category award at the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities Awards. This was announced yesterday at the national awards ceremony in Western Australia.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “This award recognises some of the great work the youth of our City are achieving.

“So often we hear bad reports about youth and it is so refreshing to finally hear about the youth that are doing positive work and being praised and recognised for it.”

Australian Sustainable Cities Judge, Dick Olesinski said, “The City of Burnie’s approach to sustainability combines planning, community engagement, education, comprehensive programs and hands-on action to work towards creating a more sustainable city.”

“Earning them the Young Legends category was the Council’s many initiatives to increase youth involvement within the community. This is displayed through the development and growth of groups such as ‘YAY events’, ‘Youth Making Changes around Burnie’ (YMCAB) and the ‘Burnie Youth Council.

“All of these groups encourage young members of the community to get involved. The music gigs organised by the ‘YAY event’ group, not only encourage a safe drug, smoke and alcohol-free environment, but also support and encourage local talent. Both the ‘YMCAB’ and the ‘Burnie Youth Council’ offer students and other young people studying or working in the area, the opportunity to engage in education, have a say, and contribute to the local Burnie community.

“Each of these initiatives helps generate widespread awareness and action within the local community.”

Deputy Mayor French congratulated Council’s Community and Economic Development team particularly the work of Council’s Youth Development Officer, Miss Karli Reeves.

“Karli has a very positive and hands on approach with her work and I think it’s contagious. Her role is all about supporting and motivating our young people to come up with ideas and helping them with the process to make things happen.

“Congratulations to the members of the groups that have been praised by the judges. They have really sent out a positive message about Burnie to the whole of Australia.”

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ljowett@burnie.net