Cook Shire Youth Council
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Cook Shire Youth Council

Are you aged 12 – 25 years of age, living in Cook Shire and interested in youth-related topics? Are you ready to make a difference? Do you have what it takes to be part of a dynamic team of young leaders?

Join our community of passionate and driven individuals who are dedicated to creating positive change in our world. As a member of the Cook Shire Youth Council, you'll have the opportunity to share your ideas, collaborate with others, and make a real impact on the issues that matter to you!

Whether you're a natural leader or just starting to find your voice, our Youth Council welcomes all who are eager to learn, grow, and take action.

What is the Cook Shire Youth Council Program?

The Cook Shire Youth Council will develop ‘youth-led’ projects and campaigns, and advocate for young people who live, work, study or volunteer in the Cook region. The Youth Council will also function as an advisory committee to Council by:

  • Providing a means for young people to engage with people, gather feedback, and suggest innovations to Cook Shire Council, other levels of government, and the community;
  • Identifying key issues relating to young people in Cook Shire and actively participating in the development of strategies to address these;
  • Raising the profile of young people in Cook Shire and promoting their contribution to community life;
  • Maintaining inclusive and representative membership of the Youth Council, which encourages and supports the participation of young people with a broad range of life experiences and future aspirations; and
  • Providing the opportunity for young people to experience civic decision-making processes and supporting their own active participation in these processes.

What are the benefits of being involved?

Youth Council participants will develop skills in areas such as advocacy, project management, cultural competency, media and communications, and have other unique opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

  • Play a role in improving life for young people in Cook Shire
  • The chance to work with key decision-makers in the community
  • Engaging with and networking with other like-minded young people
  • Having fun and enjoying the challenge!

Who can apply to join the Cook Shire Youth Council?

If you live anywhere in Cook Shire, are between 12 - 25 years old, and are passionate about improving the quality of life for young people in Cook Shire, then we would welcome an application from you.

All applications are welcome, and as part of our commitment to building a diverse, multicultural and inclusive group of local youth, we actively encourage applications from young people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, as well as those living with a disability; are culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse; and who identify with the LGBTIQ community. 

How to apply

  • Complete the application form online, or download a copy and return to Cook Shire Council, PO Box 3, Cooktown Qld 4895 or drop it in at the front counter of the Cook Shire Council Admin Building at 10 Furneaux Street, Cooktown.
  • Applications close 5 pm 17 April 2023

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday