Gwydir Youth Council


Gwydir Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from young people who want to make a difference in their community. The Youth Council will meet on a monthly basis and inform decisions made by Gwydir Shire Council on their behalf.

This is your opportunity to make a difference and be involved in the change you want to see.

Youth councils are a form of youth voice engaged in community decision-making. Youth councils exist on local, state, provincial, regional, national, and international levels among governments, non-government organisations (NGO), schools, and other entities.


The benefits young people gain from participating in a youth council depend on what each member puts into the council. If young people make the most of their opportunities they will:

  • learn how to work with other young people
  • build strong and lasting friendships
  • develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
  • develop communication skills
  • develop leadership skills
  • develop organisational skills
  • gain self-worth and inner-strength to battle negative peer pressure
  • develop winning attitudes
  • learn how to take responsibility for their actions
  • contribute to making a difference in their community


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Community Engagement Strategy


Gwydir Shire Council’s Community Engagement Strategy is intended to harness the benefits of on-line engagement whilst retaining the best of print and face-to-face consultation. It contains five key strategies – inform, consult, involve, collaborate, empower – and is underpinned by a set of over-riding principles.

As part of the NSW Government’s commitment to a strong and sustainable local government system, the Local Government Amendment (Planning and Reporting) Act 2009 was assented to on 1 October 2009. This legislative reform followed public consultation conducted by the DLG on the integrated planning and reporting package, which included the draft Bill, Regulation, Guidelines and Manual.

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Gwydir Shire Council Social Plan

Social Plan


The Social Plan is being developed in response to the Local Government (General) Amendment (Community and Social Plans) Regulation 1998 that requires all Councils in New South Wales to develop a Social or Community Plan every five years. Local government is also required to provide an annual summary of activities recording its implementation of the Social Plan within the Access and Equity statement of the Management Plan. (more…)

Access & Equity Activity Statement 2010

Access & Equity

Access and Equity Activity Statement 2010
In accordance with the Local Government Regulation, a statement is required setting forth council’s access and equity activities to be undertaken to meet the needs of our residents as identified by our Social Plan 2007 to 2011.

All organisations and businesses, including local Governments are obliged to develop strategies which enable them to comply with a number of laws, and policies while addressing four main areas, which are: (more…)