Young Albury mayor Eli Davern wins NSW Youth Community Service Award | border mail


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A cross-border teenager recognized for his voluntary work encourages all young people to get involved in leadership. Eli Davern, 17, has won an Order of Australia NSW Youth Community Service Award after being nominated by his school Xavier High School. Albury’s youth mayor since April 2020, Eli said he was honoured, believing the award recognized all those who worked to make a difference for young people in the city. “You don’t work for the community to get rewards, you do it because you see things that aren’t quite right and you want to get involved and fix them,” he said. “(Things like) climate change and just having a say.” “I think it’s really important that young people are included in local government, especially because it’s the closest level of government to the community, it’s the closest level of government where we can to actually bring about change. “The opportunities are limitless for young people to get involved in leadership.” Projects he has helped deliver include the Retro Connect Map, Retro Livestream, Clean Up Graffiti Day, Albury Youth Strategy and the Gindaymanha Sports Carnival nomination” when the school received information about the award and asked staff members for suggestions. “His name came up several times as someone they thought was a good nomination,” Mr Gibson said. “Here at school, he is quite active in bringing up community issues that may arise, but also engaging the wider community and highlighting issues in our school that may be larger issues.” Trying to d ‘be proactive in finding solutions.’ In preparing for his appointment, the school learned that Eli was active in more community projects than expected. recognized for the work it does,” Mr Gibson said. Eli thanked his school, fellow youth counselors and Albury Council for their support. He praised the council’s work with young people, such as consultation on the mountain bike strategy. Witnessing such progress has given him the greatest satisfaction. “To see young people included, to see young people part of the decision-making, to involve young people in what is happening”, did he declare. Her Order of Australia NSW Youth Community Service Award will be officially presented by NSW Governor Margaret Beasley at a virtual ceremony next month. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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