Broome youngsters are encouraged to put their hand up to join a local youth body aimed at helping the stars of tomorrow become more involved in the future of the town. Nominations are now open to join the Shire of Broome’s Youth Advisory Council, a board existing entirely of local young people aged between 14 and 24. The YAC have the purpose of identifying issues among youths, as well as planning and delivering projects and local initiatives for other youngsters. Part of the Shire of Broome Youth Plan 2021-25, the YAC participants gain leadership, occupation and life skills by working closely with other members, mentors and Shire staff. Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey said local youngsters had an important role to play in the social fabric of the town. “Over recent years, we have had some fantastic young people in the YAC, who have offered up great ideas and lots of energy to assist the Shire,” he said. “Events like the Youth-Tastic Race in April are always really well attended and the YAC were the brains behind the operation in delivering these wonderful initiatives. “I’d encourage young people that want to have a say on the issues that affect them to nominate for a place on the YAC.” Shire of Broome youth and community development officer Cherry Lawton said the YAC were responsible for many positive initiatives in town. “Past YAC projects include the Youth-Tastic Race, Youth Activities Day and the Broome Vibes Music Project,” she said. “The YAC have also been involved in the consultation and engagement process for the Shire’s Youth Plan, the redesign for the Youth Skate Park and the Shire Library Teen Hub Zone.” Ms Lawton said plans were also under way to establish a YAC Radio timeslot and Podcast channel. The YAC group meets regularly and there are 10 positions up for grabs, with the only requirements being a positive attitude and passion for representing the interests of young people. The nominations will close on August 31.