Youth Council

What is the Youth Council?

The Ballina Shire Youth Council comprises a group of young people aged 12-24 years and provides them with the opportunity to express their views and advise Council on youth-related issues and a range of other matters relating to Council’s functions and activities.

What does the Youth Council do?

The Youth Council assists in identifying the major issues/ needs of young people in the Ballina Local Government Area (LGA) and to make suggestions to Council ( where appropriate) to respond to these issues.

The Youth Council also assists in the organisation of youth-related events, for example the annual Youth Week promotions.

The elected Council and its staff are available to assist the Youth Council members in gaining an improved understanding of the role and structure of Local Government.

How will this be done?

  • By providing an opportunity for young people to raise and respond to issues from a youth perspective.
  • To provide a linkage between young people and Council.
  • To provide specific recommendations to Ballina Shire Council for consideration about a range of matters.
  • Inform and educate the wider Ballina Shire community about youth issues.
  • Assist in the coordination of the annual Youth Week events.


Membership of the Youth Council is open to young people, aged between 12 and 24 years who live in the Ballina LGA.

Term for each Youth Councillor is not to exceed two years.  

As a means of promoting equity and diversity in the deliberations of the Youth Council, membership is encouraged from all youth including female, male and Aboriginal youth within our community.

Meeting frequency

Meetings of the Youth Council are held on Tuesdays, usually every four weeks. 

Where/when does the Youth Council meet?

Meetings take place in the Ballina Shire Council Customer Service Centre located at 40 Cherry Street, Ballina.


4.30 – 6.00 pm

Want to know more?

If you would like to more about the Youth Council you can telephone Council's Social Planning Coordinator on 6686 1284 or you can email your questions to

How can you become involved?

If you would like to be part of the Youth Council, you can nominate by completing the:

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