The Greater Sydney Commission has appointed a 10-member Youth Panel with members aged between 19 and 29, 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.
The Greater Sydney Youth Panel is:
- Jayden Bregu (Co-Chair), 27 (Eastern City District): Jayden is a project lead, reviewing the palliative care services at St Vincent's Hospital Network Sydney. He leads the facilitator team of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Oceania program after directing his own local RYLA program. Jayden lives in the City of Sydney LGA.
- Deborah Prospero, 21 (Eastern City District): Deborah is an International and Global Studies student at the University of Sydney. She is highly involved in youth engagement at her university and is a youth leader at the Christian Assembly of Sydney. Deborah lives in the Inner West LGA.
- Lisa Lewis, 24 (Central City District): Lisa is completing a Master of Social Science (Development, Security and Sustainability) at Western Sydney University. She is also working for the Centre for Western Sydney. Lisa lives in the Blacktown LGA.
- Muhadissa Haidari, 26 (Central City District): Muhadissa is a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan. She currently undertaking full time study at Western Sydney University and works as a Multicultural Support Worker at the Community Migrant Resource Centre. She is also Multicultural Youth Ambassador at the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW, and a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. Muhadissa lives in Cumberland LGA.
- Mariam Akoba, 20 (Western City District): Mariam is an Iraqi refugee who arrived in Australia in 2015. She is a student at the University of New South Wales. She is also a Multicultural Youth Ambassador at the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW. Mariam lives in Fairfield.
- Matilda Harry (Co-Chair), 23 (Western City District): Matilda is a proud Wiradjuri woman who is passionate about making positive social change. She is undertaking Doctoral Research in Education at WSU. Matilda is a youth advisor for the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Respect. Now. Always. Committee and a media officer for Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Education at WSU. Matilda lives in the Hawkesbury.
- Jodie Hui, 22 (North District): Jodie is a Senior Human Centred Designer at Westpac. She has a keen interest in sustainability and the arts and is a former member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia's Youth Committee. Jodie lives in the Ryde LGA.
- Jack Layard, 25 (North District): Jack is a paralegal at Bundock Law and is completing his Practical Legal Training at The College of Law. He also works as an electronic music producer, regularly performing at festivals and clubs across Australia. Jack lives on the Northern Beaches.
- Adriane Whiley, 30 (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.
- Joshua Karras, 27 (South District): Joshua is the Executive Director of the United Nations Association of Australia. He is also pursuing a PhD at the UNSW Faculty of Medicine. Joshua lives in Georges River LGA.
Young Changemakers Challenge
The Youth Panel has prepared papers on three issues impacting young people today:
The big issues for young people
Young people have been disproportionately affected by the impacts of COVID-19. When planning solutions for our city's recovery, we must listen to them.
The Greater Sydney Commission conducted a listening series with our Youth Panel, uncovering what young people want for Greater Sydney's future.