Formation of a youth council on meeting agenda

GLADSTONE Regional Council is set to consider the formation of a youth council to sit alongside the main council and advise it on what the youth of Gladstone want and need.

The council will consider a recommendation at Tuesday's council meeting that nine people aged 15 to 24 sit on the youth council, which will act as an advisory body.

The formation of the youth council is being pitched as a way to encourage youth leadership in the region, with the last census showing that 20.4% of people in Gladstone were between the ages of 10 and 24.

Public invitation will be made to potential youth councillors, with the council seeking to strike a balance between age, sex, ethnicity and residential location.

The former Gladstone City Council had a youth council from 1996 to 2001.

Meanwhile, the council will also make a decision on who wins the tender to get the Barney Point redevelopment project underway.

The council's planning and environment department has recommended that Boyd Bay's Landscaping get the job after it put in a tender for just over $1.6 million. If it gets the nod, it will have beaten eight other tenders.

The redevelopment project will involve a general upgrade to the park, including the installation of new park furniture and barbecue facilities, additional landscaping, revised car park layouts and the construction of beach ramps and new pathways.