Greater Sydney Youth Panel giving young people a voice in city planning

Group photo of youth panel
05 Jul 2019
News | The Greater Sydney Commission has appointed a 10-member Youth Panel with members aged between 17 and 28, to ensure that young people have a voice, and are heard, in planning Greater Sydney’s future.

The ten members have been selected from applicants across Greater Sydney, with each of the five districts having two representatives. The panel members were selected based on their experience in youth engagement and/or strategic planning, representation from groups that do not currently have a voice within the Commission and a diverse range of ages, gender, cultural backgrounds and abilities.

Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO, said today, “I am excited to have this talented and enthusiastic group providing their insights, and the views of their peers, to the Commission. After all, we are planning future of a Greater Sydney that will be their city.”

“In our early discussions, they have made it clear that the biggest issue for young people across Greater Sydney is jobs. For that reason, one of the initial programs they will work on is the barriers to employment for young people.

“These can range from the difficulty of transport and connections to work, particularly in Western Sydney, to the challenges faced by young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to access education, training and job opportunities,” Ms Turnbull said.

The Greater Sydney Youth Panel is:

  • Lisa Lewis, 22 (Central City District): Lisa is completing a Master of Social Science (Development, Security and Sustainability) at Western Sydney University (WSU). She is also on the Australian Association of Environmental Education Youth Advisory Board. Lisa lives in the Blacktown LGA.
  • Muhadissa Haidari, 24 (Central City District): Muhadissa is a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan. She currently undertaking a Bachelor of Business at Western Sydney University and works as a Multicultural Support Worker at the Community Migrant Resource Centre. Muhadissa lives in Cumberland LGA.
  • Mariam Akoba, 17 (Western City District): Mariam is an Iraqi refugee who arrived in Australia in 2015. Mariam is an HSC student at Liverpool Girls High School. She is also a Multicultural Youth Ambassador at the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW. Mariam lives in the Fairfield LGA.
  • Matilda Harry, 21 (Western City District): Matilda is a proud Wiradjuri woman. She is undertaking a Dean’s Scholar Bachelor of Arts (Pathways to teaching primary) at WSU. Matilda is a youth advisor for the Kimberwalli Centre and the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s Generation West team. Matilda lives in the Hawkesbury.
  • Jodie Hui, 19 (North District): Jodie is a photographer and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at the University of Technology Sydney. She has also been Youth Committee member for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Jodie lives on the North Shore.
  • Jack Layard, 23 (North District): Jack is the Assistant Coordinator of Youth Health Promotion at the Northern Sydney Local Health District. He also works as an electronic music producer, regularly performing at festivals and clubs across Australia. Jack lives in on the Northern Beaches.
  • Shruti Goradia, 20 (South District): Shruti is pursuing a Bachelor of Pharmacy at The University of Sydney. She is also a Multicultural Youth Ambassador for NSW and a member of the Sutherland Shire Council Youth Advisory Panel. Shruti lives in the Sutherland Shire.
  • Adriane Whiley, 28 (South District): Adriane is a Planning Officer at NSW Ports. Adriane has experience in strategic planning having worked for both government and private businesses. Adriane lives in the Georges River LGA.
  • Estelle Grech (Chair), 24 (Eastern City District): Estelle is an Urban Strategist at a social planning and community engagement consultancy. She is a recent graduate of City Planning from the University of NSW. Estelle lives in the Inner West but grew up in Western Sydney.
  • Jayden Bregu, 24 (Eastern City District): Jayden is a Senior Project and Policy Officer at the NSW Ministry of Health. He is also involved in musical theatre and Rotary having recently directed the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program. Jayden lives in the City of Sydney LGA.

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