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Ashfield Youth Committee - Young Minds, Better Ideas    

Ashfield Youth Committee

Council established a Committee for young, local people in February 2009, called the Ashfield Youth Committee. The committee is made up of 9 local young people aged between 12 to 24 years old, who either live, study or work in the Ashfield Council area. This includes Ashfield, Summer Hill and Haberfield. The Committee is chaired by Councilor Alex Lofts and includes two Council staff who work in youth development.

The Committee's goal is to discuss important issues for local young people, organise youth events, as well as provide advice to Council on its plans and programs. You can read the agendas and minutes from each meeting here.

The Committee meets on the first Monday of each month, 5pm-6.30pm. Meetings are held at Ashfield Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield.


The Aim of the Committee is to improve the lives of local young people in the areas of physical and mental health, life skills and recreation. The Committee works on two areas:
1. Programs and Events - Develop and implement youth-run programs to address issues faced by local young people.
2. Advice and Consultation - Provide advice to Council on its youth programs and on Council's plans and projects.

Achievements 2015

  • November - Youth Committee members assisted with Council's commemoration of White Ribbon Day
  • October - Assisted with the planning of the Summer Hill Skate Park Relaunch and participated on event day
  • September - Welcome to the addition of one new member
  • August - Welcome to the addition of one new members
  • April - Planned program for Youth Week and delivered the Ashfield Youth Committee's Art Party for Youth Week
  • March - Participated at the Carnival of Cultures with a Youth Committee stall and participatory art project
  • February - Welcome to addition of one new member

Achievements 2014

  • November - Planning for Youth Committee space and participatory art project at the Ashfield Carnival of Cultures in March 2015.
  • October - Ashfield Youth Committee Facebook Page deleted and superseded by a page combining the Ashfield Youth Theatre, Youth Committee- the Ashfield Youth Facebook Page
  • May - Three new members joined.
  • April - Into the Jungle Youth Dance Party held on 11 April to celebrate National Youth Week.
  • April - Provided advice to Council on the intended partnership with Headspace at Ashfield Youth Centre.
  • March - Participated at Carnival of Cultures.
  • January -Committee member Yatha Jain won Young Australian of the Year at Ashfield Council's Australia Day Award Ceremony. Three Committee members nominiated across Ashfield and Burwood. Council for this award.

Achievements 2013

  • October - Planning Youth Dance Party for November.
  • July - Committee members volunteered as Tour Guides at the Official Opening of the Ashfield Town Hall and Youth Centre.
  • June - Featured in an article in the Inner West Courier (Thursday edition).
  • May - Adopted a new Terms of Reference to clarify roles on the Committee.
  • March - Held successful Information Stall at the annual Carnival of Cultures.

Achievements 2012

  • Teen Movie Night November: The Amazing Spiderman.
  • Teen Movie Night October: Men in Black III.

  • Teen Movie Night September: Easy A.

  • Three Youth Committee representatives attended YAPA’s Shift This 2012 Conference from 26-28 September.

  • Teen Movie Night August: The Social Network.

  • Youth Committee Facebook Page hits 50 likes.

  • Teen Games Night held on 24 August.

  • Teen Movie Night July: Batman.

  • Teen Movie Night June: I Am Number Four.

  • May - Further developed the Ashfield Youth Committee Facebook Page

  • March - Ran Harry Potter Trivia Night on 2 March with over 100 people attending the event at the Ashfield Civic Centre Activity Rooms.

  • February - Committee's Facebook page registered 25 members and gained a user name

  • January - Committee member Victor Dao named Young Artist of the Year in Ashfield Council's Australia Day Award Ceremony. Congratulations Victor!


How to Join

Fill out a form and send it to Council if you want to join the Committee. You must be aged between 12 and 24 years old and either live, study or work in the Ashfield Council area to get involved.

Download the form as a youth_committee_form_6.doc.

For more information view the flyer here.  If you have any questions about joining the Committee email Tiffany at or phone 9716 1843.