Mayor's Column


Thursday 30 March 2017

Friday 31 March marks the start of Youth Week, the nation’s biggest celebration of young people. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the importance of Maitland’s young people and the role they play in shaping the future of our city.

The ideals and vision for our city that our young people hold should be nurtured and encouraged and we would be wise to recognise and embrace them.

Young people have strong views on issues like climate change, renewables, innovation, immigration and lots more. They also possess great ideas about what they want for Maitland long term.

As a result of the Youth Week grant program, Council is getting behind community groups Youth Express, Youth Off The Streets, Up ‘N’ Up, The Mindaribba Aboriginal Land Council, Maitland Neighbourhood Centre,House with No Steps and The Samaritans. These groups are putting on a range of great events all over Maitland and I encourage our young people to get involved in the fun. Among other things, we’ve got a a community connect day, a film night, a special night called Gabfest and even a colour run.

To find out more about these events including information about when and where they’re on, go to and search for events in Maitland.

I also want to send my best wishes to those recovering in Queensland after Cyclone Debbie hit earlier this week. If you are headed north, I implore you to take it easy on the roads. A quick reminder, too, that daylight savings is coming to an end this weekend so don’t forget to wind your clocks back before you go to sleep on Satuday night. 

Peter Blackmore OAM

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