Yarriambiack Youth Action Council

The Yarriambiack Youth Action Council (YYAC) is a youth committee that is supported by the Yarriambiack Shire Council. It also runs as the Shires FReeZA committee as well as advocating for relevant youth issues to be supported in the community. It meets regularly and raises issues to the Yarriambiack Shire Council through the Yarriambiack Community Engagement Officer (Youth) and who works with the YYAC to help them achieve outcomes, and also Yarriambiack Shire Councillor (YSC) Kylie Zanker, who attends meetings.

The YYAC members attend monthly meetings which are chaired and minuted on a rotating basis by the young people. It gives them opportunities to meet new people, develop their leadership skills whilst gaining an understanding of the mechanics of local government. Having a Shire Councillor in attendance, allows the young people to provide a voice for those aged 12-25 across the Shire.

Yarriambiack Youth Action Council (YYAC) Objectives

*The Yarriambiack Youth Action Council Objectives closely align with the 2014-2018 Yarriambiack Youth Plan.

YYAC members are to help identify needs for themselves and other young people in the Shire, and where possible help organise events and activities.

YYAC members are to participate in youth development and leadership opportunities.

YYAC members are to provide a link between Council activities, programs and objectives, providing feedback and recommendations to the Yarriambiack Shire Council when requested.

YYAC members will provide youth representation across many community forums so that young people’s voices are not only sought but heard.

YYAC members will seek and voice new ideas and opportunities for young people.

YYAC members will demonstrate civic mindedness, supporting tasks that benefit the community.

YYAC members will role model a positive image to other young people in the community.

Joining the Yarriambiack Youth Action Council (YYAC)

Membership is via an application and interview process. Applications can be found on the YSC website. Interviews are usually held at the YSC Office at Warracknabeal and involve the YSC CEO, and at least one Yarriambiack Councillor.

Applicants must be turning at least 12 within the calendar year. Mentor members may still attend meetings, as may invited community members with youth business to discuss. Where decisions are required, members get 1 equal vote regardless of age.

For more information contact Murray Mckenzie 0407585097 or mmckenzie@yarriambiack.vic.gov.au.


Applications are now open to join the Yarriambiack Youth Action Council (Y-YAC) or the Yarriambiack FReeZA Committee – Ramp It Rage It Stage It

If you’d like to take the opportunity, to be a voice for young people in the Yarriambiack Region and not just let things happen to you and your friends, but make things happen, our Shires’ Youth Action Council and FReeZA Committee will give you this platform.

The YYAC and Ramp It Rage It Stage It, have direct links with Yarriambiack Shire Council and is supporting the implementation the Yarriambiack Youth Strategy.

Help make events like Yarriambiack Has Talent, Endoreic (our Shires’ Short Film Festival) and Battle of the Bands take place. Go on bus trips to attend Art Events, Paint Ball, Laser Skirmish or Gaming Nights, etc.  Get Leadership and Resilience Training and learn to work as part of a successful team.

Our 3rd Yarriambiack Youth Summit takes place in 2019, where young people get to decide what’s on the agenda, and support other young people from across the Wimmera.

Help run the Colour Rally in the Mallee or Skate, Scoot comps like our Mega Shredda Day or put together other events for young people.

To apply please complete the application forms below and email it through to bpenny@yarriambiack.vic.gov.au or mail it off to 34 Lyle Street, Warracknabeal VIC 3393.

Applicants must be between 12-25 years of age.

Once applications have been processed, shortlisted applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview time.  Unsuccessful applicants will also be contacted.

Applicants 18 years + must hold or apply for a WWCC.

Download Application Form (Word)               Download Application Form (PDF)