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 money pressures. This award will recognise a councillor who was 30 or under when last elected and who has contributed significantly to their community 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.