A free, wallet-sized card is helping young people in the area quickly reference vital services, as well as bag some local bargains.
The 2017 Youth Card is now available for all residents aged 10-24 who live in the Mitchell Shire.
The card details contact information for a number of vital services — including everything from transport and employment agencies to mental health and drug and alcohol support services.
The card also offers some great discounts at businesses in the shire including Mitchell Leisure Centres, Wallan Subway, Victory Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (in Broadford), Kilmore Pizza House and Dundee’s Fish ’n’ Chips (Wandong).
Mitchell Shire Youth Mayor Audrey Flannery encouraged young people to pick up a card.
‘‘The Youth Card is so handy because it lists all the contact details for these services right there in the one place,’’ Cr Flannery said.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said with the region’s younger population growing, it was important they had easy access to helpful services.
‘‘The 2016 Census shows there are almost 14000 people living in Mitchell Shire that are under the age of 24 — that’s almost a third of our population,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘It’s really important our young people are aware of the many services on offer in the region which they can readily access in their day-to-day lives — and that’s the great thing about the Youth Card, all the information is there in the one place.’’
The discounts on the cards can be used more than once and are valid until June 30 next year.
Eligible people can pick up their Youth Cards from Broadford and Wallan Youth Rooms, Mitchell Shire Council Customer and Library Services Centres, Mitchell Shire police stations, The Bridge Seymour, Beyond Housing Seymour, GOTAFE Seymour, Seymour College, Assumption College and Kilmore International School.
For more information, phone 57346200 or email [email protected] vic.gov.au