New Gold Coast Youth Plan approved by Council

The Council’s newest Gold Coast Youth Plan includes plans for an ideas festival, a Youth Enterprise Hub at Helensvale, and as disaster preparedness education for school students.

The Gold Coast Youth Plan 2020 was presented to Council yesterday by 2015 Junior Mayor Zuzana Harmaniakova, and unanimously approved by Councillors. It outlines a plan for the Council to best cater for young people – with the City of Gold Coast expecting a nearly 60 per cent jump in the number of young people living in the city over the next 20 years from around 106,000 to nearly 170,000.

Junior Mayor Zuzana Harmaniakova said, in the report: “In 2050 I’ll be 51. Today’s 12 year olds will be 47 and there will be 1.2 million people on the Gold Coast.


“What the City of Gold Coast plans for today will shape my future. As part of Junior Council, we found out what was important to our young people.

“I’d love to see the ideas in this plan become a reality. Having a plan today means the City is on its way to making this happen well before 2050.”

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate agreed, saying in his message: “There’s nothing more important than leaving a great legacy for … our future leaders.

“With a plan in place we’ll know where we are heading, and what it will look like when we get there. Together we can imagine, create and deliver a prosperous city you will be proud to call home,” said the Mayor.

Some of the new initiatives contained in the Gold Coast Youth Plan include:

  • INVESTIGATING options for Co-Design Youth Programs to get young Gold Coasters more involved in designing the city’s spaces.
  • ESTABLISHING a space at Helensvale to support and mentor young people as they develop activities, ideas and businesses.
  • DEVELOPING an education program for school students to support the Gold Coast’s disaster preparedness.
  • PUTTING ON an ideas festival – iFest – in this financial year to “capture the imagination, knowledge and inventive ideas” of local youth.
  • CREATE a specific Gold Coast Youth Services Directory so that young people can easily find services and facilities.
  • LOOK INTO developing a program that gets young people more involved in local museums and encourages them to take ownership of the Gold Coast’s heritage.