Gisborne’s 21-year-old Sebastian Antoine is one of 11 young people who will write Macedon Ranges council’s 2018-2028 Youth Strategy.

The young people, all aged between 16 and 25, will lead public consultations and undertake research about what matters most to local young people before writing the plan.

The youth strategy will guide Macedon Ranges council’s programs, initiatives, advocacy and support for young people and their families over the next 10 years.

Mr Antoine said he was excited about this “fantastic opportunity”.

“Most of the co-designers grew up in Macedon Ranges, we’re all young and we know what people are interested in,” he said.

He said the 11 young people had already participated in a Youth Summit in Kyneton, alongside more than 70 secondary students from across the shire.

“There was a range of topics covered, including mental health, safe spaces and youth-friendly services, and the feedback was great,” he said.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said there was no one better placed to steer this process than the young people themselves.

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