Take Charge Riverina Youth Leadership Dinner 2014

The second annual Take Charge Riverina Youth Leadership Dinner was held on Friday, August 29, 2014, to celebrate the leadership roles young people play in their communities throughout the Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils area.

Council Mayors, General Managers and other representatives accompanied young people aged 18-30 from throughout the Riverina at the dinner which was held at Elements at the Gardens restaurant.

A feature of the dinner was the launch of the Take Charge and Volunteer website by Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire and Member for Albury Greg Aplin, as well as addresses from guest speakers Tim Silverwood and Emma Byrne.

In launching the website, Mr Maguire explained the Take Charge project was the result of a need in REROC communities - the need to foster representation by young people in leadership positions, and the need to increase low numbers of young people participating in community activities through volunteering.

Mr Aplin also outlined that www.takecharge.org.au was a mobile friendly website which matched the two sides of the volunteer relationship – the organisation and the volunteer – and helped foster a fruitful volunteering relationship which will reap rewards on both sides.

Ms Byrne and Mr Silverwood, who also addressed the Take Charge Riverina Youth Leadership Forum held during the day at Charles Sturt University, shared their inspirational stories during the dinner.

Ms Byrne shared her life story from her upbringing in the Riverina, including being named Wagga Wagga Young Citizen of the Year in 2009, through to now working for Youth Strategy and Participation with the NSW Government, built on a background of youth advocacy and representation.

Mr Silverwood shared his passion for the environment, and outlined his commitment to raising awareness of waste and its impact on the natural environment, a passion which was generated from going to the beach and simply seeing the impact of discarded waste.

Take Charge Riverina Youth Leadership Forum is a project of REROC, funded by the NSW Government through Youth Opportunities.

To keep in touch with all Take Charge activities, including Take Charge and Volunteer, like the Take Charge Riverina Facebook page, including photos from the evening.
You can also find out more from REROC’s Youth and Communities contact, Kylie Dunstan, on kdunstan@reroc.com.au or 0437 863 426.