The Greater Sydney Commission has appointed a 10-member Youth Panel with members aged between 19 and 29, to ensure that young people have a voice, and are heard, in planning Greater Sydney’s future.
The ten members have been selected from applicants across Greater Sydney, with each of the five districts having two representatives. The panel members were selected based on their experience in youth engagement and/or strategic planning, representation from groups that do not currently have a voice within the Commission and a diverse range of ages, gender, cultural backgrounds and abilities.
The Greater Sydney Youth Panel is:
- Lisa Lewis, 23 (Central City District): Lisa is completing a Master of Social Science (Development, Security and Sustainability) at Western Sydney University (WSU). She is also on the Australian Association of Environmental Education Youth Advisory Board. Lisa lives in the Blacktown LGA.
- Muhadissa Haidari, 25 (Central City District): Muhadissa is a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan. She currently undertaking a Bachelor of Business at Western Sydney University and works as a Multicultural Support Worker at the Community Migrant Resource Centre. Muhadissa lives in Cumberland LGA.
- Mariam Akoba, 19 (Western City District): Mariam is an Iraqi refugee who arrived in Australia in 2015. Mariam is an HSC student at Liverpool Girls High School. She is also a Multicultural Youth Ambassador at the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW. Mariam lives in the Fairfield LGA.
- Matilda Harry, 21 (Western City District): Matilda is a proud Wiradjuri woman. She is undertaking a Dean’s Scholar Bachelor of Arts (Pathways to teaching primary) at WSU. Matilda is a youth advisor for the Kimberwalli Centre and the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s Generation West team. Matilda lives in the Hawkesbury.
- Jodie Hui, 21 (North District): Jodie is a photographer and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at the University of Technology Sydney. She has also been Youth Committee member for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Jodie lives on the North Shore.
- Jack Layard, 24 (North District): Jack is the Assistant Coordinator of Youth Health Promotion at the Northern Sydney Local Health District. He also works as an electronic music producer, regularly performing at festivals and clubs across Australia. Jack lives in on the Northern Beaches.
- Shruti Goradia, 21 (South District): Shruti is pursuing a Bachelor of Pharmacy at The University of Sydney. She is also a Multicultural Youth Ambassador for NSW and a member of the Sutherland Shire Council Youth Advisory Panel. Shruti lives in the Sutherland Shire.
- Adriane Whiley, 29 (South District): Adriane is a Planning Officer at NSW Ports. Adriane has experience in strategic planning having worked for both government and private businesses. Adriane lives in the Georges River LGA.
- Jayden Bregu, 26 (Eastern City District): Jayden is a Senior Project and Policy Officer at the NSW Ministry of Health. He is also involved in musical theatre and Rotary having recently directed the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program. Jayden lives in the City of Sydney LGA.
- Deborah Prospero, 20 (Eastern City District): Deborah is an International and Global Studies student at the University of Sydney. She is highly involved in youth engagement at her university and is a youth leader at the Christian Assembly of Sydney. Deborah lives in the Inner West LGA.
The big issues for young people
Young people have been disproportionately affected by the impacts of COVID-19. When planning solutions for our city’s recovery, we must listen to them.
The Greater Sydney Commission conducted a listening series with our Youth Panel, uncovering what young people want for Greater Sydney's future.