Youth - getting involved in Local Government
Getting involved in Local Government provides an opportunity for you to influence what will happen in your neighbourhood now and in the future.
By getting involved, you can influence what your Council does, how it spends its money, what services and facilities it provides, what development takes place in your neighbourhood, and what local issues are taken up by your Council.
Here are some ways to get involved:
- Check out the services available to you through your local Council. The library is a good place to start to find out more information. Or visit their website - click here for your Council's website.
- Enquire at your local Council office about events and what's on in your area and go along with your friends.
- Ask if your Council has a Youth Advisory Committee and how you can join in activities.
- Ask about National Youth Week events and how you can get involved.
- Contact the Councillors in your area and talk about what issues you think are important. Ask how you can be involved in consultation forums and community events.
- Attend a Council or Committee meeting and listen to what is talked about and what decisions are being made.
- Go along to community meetings and forums about local issues, find out what's happening and have your say.
- Consider standing as a candidate in the Council Elections if you are eligible.
For more information, follow the links below:
- Local Government - a snapshot
- How do Councils decide what services to provide
- How do Council Elections work
- Why Vote
Youth Elections Project is a joint initative of the Local Government Association of SA, Office for State/Local Government Relations and the Office for Youth.