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Greater Sydney Commission Youth Panel

Greater Sydney Commission Youth Panel

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  • Infrastructure
  • Liveability
  • Productivity
  • Sustainability
  • All
A city supported by infrastructureInfrastructure
A collaborative cityCollaboration
A city for peoplePeople
Housing the cityHousing
A city of great placesPlaces
A well connected cityConnected
Jobs and skills for the cityJobs
A city in its landscapeLandscape
An efficient cityEfficiency
A resilient cityResilience

The Greater Sydney Commission has appointed a 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 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.

Meet the Youth Panel

Jayden Bregu (Co-Chair), 27 (Eastern City District): Jayden is a project lead, reviewing the palliative care services at St Vincent's Hospital Network Sydney. He leads the facilitator team of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Oceania program after directing his own local RYLA program. Jayden lives in the City of Sydney LGA.

Deborah Prospero, 21 (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.

Lisa Lewis, 24 (Central City District):
Lisa is completing a Master of Social Science (Development, Security and Sustainability) at Western Sydney University. She is also working for the Centre for Western Sydney. Lisa lives in the Blacktown LGA.

Muhadissa Haidari, 26 (Central City District): Muhadissa is a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan. She currently undertaking full time study at Western Sydney University and works as a Multicultural Support Worker at the Community Migrant Resource Centre. She is also Multicultural Youth Ambassador at the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW, and a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. Muhadissa lives in Cumberland LGA.

Mariam Akoba, 20 (Western City District): Mariam is an Iraqi refugee who arrived in Australia in 2015. She is a student at the University of New South Wales. She is also a Multicultural Youth Ambassador at the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW. Mariam lives in Fairfield.

Matilda Harry (Co-Chair), 23 (Western City District): Matilda is a proud Wiradjuri woman who is passionate about making positive social change. She is undertaking Doctoral Research in Education at WSU. Matilda is a youth advisor for the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Respect. Now. Always. Committee and a media officer for Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Education at WSU. Matilda lives in the Hawkesbury.

Jack Layard, 25 (North District):
Jack is a solicitor at Bundock Law and has completed his Practical Legal Training at The College of Law. He also works as an electronic music producer, regularly performing at festivals and clubs across Australia. Jack lives on the Northern Beaches.

Joshua Karras, 27 (South District): Joshua is the Executive Director of the United Nations Association of Australia. He is also pursuing a PhD at the UNSW Faculty of Medicine. Joshua lives in Georges River LGA.

Our work

Young Changemakers Challenge

Three bold ideas from young people in Greater Sydney won the inaugural Young Changemakers Challenge.

Big issues for young people

Young people have been disproportionately affected by the impacts of COVID-19. We listened to our Youth Panel, uncovering what young people want for Greater Sydney's future.