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), 26 (Eastern City District): Jayden is a Senior Project and Policy Officer at the NSW Ministry of Health. He is facilitator 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, 20 (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, 23 (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, 25 (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, 19 (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), 21 (Western City District): Matilda is a proud Wiradjuri woman who is passionate about making positive social change. She is undertaking a Master of Teaching at WSU. Matilda is a youth advisor for the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Respect. Now. Always. Committee and a media advisor for a Pro Vice-Chancellor at WSU. Matilda lives in the Hawkesbury.
- Jodie Hui, 21 (North District): Jodie is a Digital Designer at Aginic. 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 North Sydney.
- Jack Layard, 24 (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 on the Northern Beaches.
- Adriane Whiley, 29 (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.
- Applications for the second South District position are closed. An announcement will be made shortly.
The Youth Panel has prepared papers on three issues impacting young people today:
- Housing and liveability in Greater Sydney (PDF, 2MB)
- Getting a job in Greater Sydney (PDF, 1MB)
- Making Greater Sydney more sustainable (PDF, 1MB)
These papers are good thought starters for the Young Changemakers Challenge – a platform for young Sydneysiders to tackle real-world issues and help shape the future of Greater Sydney. The Challenge invites young people (aged 16-30) from Greater Sydney, to use creative problem solving to address issues that are impacting them. The panel is looking for fresh ideas on how to tackle issues relating to housing and liveability, environmental sustainability and employment. For more info or to enter visit changemakers.sydney.
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.