The main functions of the Regional Youth Advisory Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to Council on:
- the local youth sector.
- interests of young people and the sector that supports them, at a local (Council and the broader community) state and federal level.
- best practice models in the youth sector throughout the Toowoomba Regional Council area.
- emerging opportunities and issues relative to the trends and needs of young people in the region.
- the development and implementation of the Toowoomba Regional Council Youth Policy and subsequent Youth Action Plan.
The Regional Youth Advisory Committee will also:
- encourage and support coordination and cooperation within the region’s youth sector.
- provide assistance/guidance on specific projects or issues as identified by Council and the region’s youth leaders groups.
- assist Council in the dissemination of appropriate materials to aid in the facilitation of community dialogue in relation to youth.
- promote positive images of young people in the community and recognition of the contribution young people make to community life.
- assist Council organise and contribute to key community events for young people.
Committee goals for 2017
The committee aims to create a Youth Policy and Youth Plan. These objectives are long term objectives for the committee.
Meetings occur on the first Friday of each month (excluding public holidays) from 10am - 12pm.
There is a variation on the representation and backgrounds of the committee members – these include representation from the following groups: Queensland Police Service, lawyer, under 25 years old, clinical psychologist, case worker and past Councillors, Downs Industry Schools Co Op, University of Southern Queensland, Bond University and Scripture Union. Detailed membership information can be found in the blue Terms of reference slider below.
- Nikola Prince
- Conor Martin
- Paula Smithard
- Jobella Bennett
- Mike Paton
- Jodie O’Leary
- Melina Windolf
- Jessica Arday-Wild
- Eleanor Glover
- Shona Travis
- Tanya Pauli-Myler
- Ros Scotney
- Phyllida Hayes
To view meeting minutes from the committee meetings please contact us on 131 872 or via email.
The Regional Youth Advisory Committee is constituted under Section 264 of Local Government Regulation 2012, which empowers the Council to appoint advisory committees.
Tenure of Committee
The Regional Youth Advisory Committee is established for the term of the current elected Council, unless disbanded earlier by Council resolution.
(Subject to any Council resolution to the contrary, if a Committee is appointed for a particular purpose or for a limited time, the Committee is abolished and appointment of Members to the Committee is terminated upon the fulfilment of that purpose or the expiration of that time.)
- The Regional Youth Advisory Committee will consist of 15 Members, which will include a minimum of one Councillor, who may be designated as the Chairperson. Where the Councillor cannot attend a meeting of the Regional Youth Advisory Committee, another Councillor delegated by Council or the first Councillor may act as a member of the Committee for that meeting.
- Appointment will be made, on a biennial basis, after nominations have been invited in newspapers circulating in the area and on Council’s website, seeking expressions of interest from residents.
- All members of the Regional Youth Advisory Committee may vote on business before the Committee, except where the member has a conflict of interest.
- If any member of the Committee is absent from three consecutive meetings without having obtained leave of absence from the Committee, the member's continued membership of that Committee will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer for determination.
- The Chief Executive Officer may appoint a member of staff to provide administrative support to the Committee however, the support staff will not be a member of the Advisory Committee or have voting entitlements.
Resignation and Replacement of Committee Members
- A committee member may resign at any time by way of written or emailed advice to the Chairperson.
- When a resignation is received, the resigning member may be replaced as follows:
- Where such resignation is a Toowoomba Regional Council representative (Councillor or Officer) Council may appoint a suitable replacement representative.
- Where such resignation is from a Community Representative, Council will call for expressions of interest for a suitable replacement unless the resignation is received less than six months from the conclusion of the biennial term of the committee.
If Council does not appoint the Councillor as the chairperson, a chair will be appointed by the Committee. The Chairperson will preside at an Advisory Committee meeting.
If the Chairperson is absent or unavailable to preside, a member of the Advisory Committee chosen by the Members present at the Committee meeting will preside.
The Quorum of any Advisory Committee meeting will be a minimum of 51% of the membership.
Times and places for Meetings
The Advisory Committee may determine the dates, times and places for its meetings. Council will be responsible for providing a suitable venue.
Unless otherwise provided in these Terms of Reference, the Advisory Committee will generally adopt informal meeting procedures. Where more formal procedures are required, the procedures described in Council's Standing Orders shall apply.
- Each Member of the Advisory Committee has a vote on each question to be decided.
- Voting at a meeting must be open and questions decided by a majority of the votes of the Members present however, if the votes are equal, the Member presiding has a casting vote.
Conflict of interest
- Where Committee Members have a conflict of interest, or could reasonably be taken to have a conflict of interest, in an issue being considered or to be considered at the meeting, the member must declare the conflict of interest to the meeting and must not be present while the matter, or a related matter, is being considered by the Committee or otherwise take part in any decision of the Committee in relation to the matter or a related resolution.
- For the purposes of this clause, a member has a conflict of interest in an issue if there is a conflict between the member's private interest and the public interest.
Open to the public
- Meetings are to be open to the public, except where confidential matters are discussed.
- When the Committee proposes to close a meeting to the public, the Chair will direct all persons, other than members of the Committee, to leave the meeting and every person will immediately comply with the direction.
- Non-members may, with the permission of the Chairperson, address the Advisory Committee on any item of business listed on the agenda however, a non-member will not vote on any matter at an Advisory Committee meeting.
- Should matters of a confidential nature be discussed at a meeting, the meeting may be closed to the public in accordance with Section 275 (1) of Local Government Regulation 2012.
- A person who is or has been a member of an Advisory Committee must not make improper use of information acquired as a Member to -
- gain, directly or indirectly, a financial advantage for the person or someone else
- harm the local government
- release information that the person knows, or should reasonably know, is information that is confidential.
Media statements will only be made by the Chairperson.
The Regional Youth Advisory Committee will submit a report (Minutes listing actions, responsibilities, timeframes and outcomes) on each of its meetings to the Chief Executive Officer, who will list any recommendations for Council’s consideration on an agenda of a meeting of a Council Committee.
The Advisory Committee has the authority to establish special interest sub-groups and working groups as required to address specific matters identified by the Advisory Committee. These sub-groups (established under the same terms and conditions as the Advisory Committee) are to report back to the Advisory Committee.
The Council will not generally authorise payment or provide remuneration to members of Advisory Committees however, where special circumstances exist, Council my resolve to pay remuneration, reimburse expenses and/or provide facilities to Members of Advisory Committees.
The Council will ensure that all members of Advisory Committees are covered by appropriate insurances (e.g. voluntary workers, public indemnity).
- A local government or Committee may resolve that a meeting be closed to the public if its councillors or members consider it necessary to close the meeting to discuss:
- the appointment, dismissal or discipline of employees
- industrial matters affecting employees
- the local government's budget
- rating concessions
- contracts proposed to be made by it
- starting or defending legal proceedings involving it
- any action to be taken by the local government under the Integrated Planning Act 1997, including deciding applications made to it under that Act
- other business for which a public discussion would be likely to prejudice the interests of the local government or someone else, or enable a person to gain a financial advantage.