Thursday, July 11, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Mackay Recognised By Governor-General For Youth Leadership

Mackay has earned accolades on the national stage, receiving a special mention from Australia's new Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Sam Mostyn AC, during her inaugural engagement in Canberra last week.
Following her swearing-in as the 28th Governor-General of Australia, Mostyn officially opened the 2024 National General Assembly (NGA), where Mackay's proactive approach to youth engagement stood out. Mackay Regional Council CEO Scott Owen and Mayor Greg Williamson were present at the event.
Mostyn, known for her advocacy through the Federation of Young Australians, highlighted Mackay's pioneering initiative as the first region in Australia to host the Young Mayors program. This program empowers young people aged 11-17 to serve as democratically elected representatives, giving them a platform to influence local decision-making.
Reflecting on the special mention, Mayor Williamson expressed pride in Mackay's leadership in youth empowerment. "Partnering with the Federation of Young Australians to introduce the Young Mayors program has been a significant step towards fostering youth leadership and community involvement," Mayor Williamson said.
“Mackay was the first region in Australia to partner with the Federation of Young Australians to bring the Young Mayors program here.”
The Young Mayors program offers participants training, mentoring, and funding to execute local projects and campaigns, ensuring that youth voices are not only heard but actively contribute to shaping their communities.

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