With the average age of councillors currently standing at 59, young people can face a particularly difficult task in overcoming barriers to becoming elected, such as conflicting time commitments from work, studies, or having a young family, as well as financial pressures. This award will recognise a councillor who was 30 or under when last elected and who has contributed significantly to their community and council during their time in office.
The councillor who wins this category will:
• be a councillor who was 30 or under when last elected;
• demonstrate a commitment to working for the community using council structures;
• have contributed to or delivered a key council project which benefits residents.
Successful submissions should:
• provide clear examples of work or projects they have carried out;
• focus on how they have gone above and beyond their statutory role.