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Youth Plan
2012–2015
A youth friendly Fremantle
Contents
A youth friendly Fremantle
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Strategy 1 Facilitate active youth citizenship
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Strategy 2 Develop and maintain youth friendly spaces
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Strategy 3 Provide youth friendly events and activities
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Strategy 4 Support youth services
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A youth friendly Fremantle
The City of Fremantle is a regional centre for services, schools and tertiary institutes and a
key shopping and entertainment precinct. Fremantle has always been a popular
destination for young people. The City of Fremantle’s Strategic Plan of 2010–2015
identifies �opportunities for greater engagement with young people and more youth
activities and facilities’ as a key priority within the strategic imperative, character.
Young people also have a significant stake in other imperatives including community
safety, transport and urban renewal and integration. The City of Fremantle delivers a
range of events and initiatives for young people through the Fremantle Arts Centre,
Fremantle Leisure Centre, library and information services, festival and events
programming and community development projects such as school holiday programs and
urban art projects.
Young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years account for approximately 15 percent
of the Fremantle population. There were approximately 3884 young people counted in the
2006 census. There is also a significant visiting student population of over 10 000 young
people attending the five secondary schools and three tertiary institutes within the area.
There are approximately 4091 young people between 15 and 24 years work in Fremantle
predominantly in retail and hospitality.
In July 2011, the City began a community engagement process with young people, youth
agencies and the community to gain a better understanding of the needs, aspirations and
wants of young people who live, work or study in Fremantle. One hundred and ninety
young people participated through focus groups at local schools, an online survey and
community based conversations. An agency forum was also held as part of the
consultation with 16 agencies represented that work locally with young people.
Research into youth planning and policy directions of government and non-government
agencies was conducted as part of the project and highlighted a number of common
themes. These have been identified as guiding principles for the City of Fremantle Youth
Plan and include:
 Young people have the right to participate fully in all aspects of community life; hence
community activities, programs and services need to be inclusive of young people.
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Young people have holistic needs in common with all citizens.
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As a group, young people are diverse. In many cases specific, tailored services and
programs are required to meet the needs of different groups of young people.
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As citizens, it is important that young people participate in community decision making,
both for their own benefit as well as for the greater benefit of society.
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Service delivery is more effective when it is integrated and holistic to reflect the �whole
young person’. Co-location of services and having central points (real or virtual) for
communication and access to information is important.
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New media technologies offer innovative tools for gathering young people’s views
through two-way communication and for delivering services to young people.
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It is important to create and maintain �youth friendly’ spaces – both real and virtual –
where young people feel comfortable to spend time, express themselves and access
services and support.
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Feeling valued and having a sense of community belonging is important for the
wellbeing of young people, as it is for all members of society. Promoting positive
images of young people can enhance community perceptions and build self-esteem.
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The wellbeing of a young person is closely tied to that of the family and community that
surrounds them. Enhancing the health and resilience of families and communities
therefore has a positive impact on the lives of young people.
The Youth Plan 2012–2015, a youth friendly Fremantle, responds to the priorities as much
as practical and within the City of Fremantle’s role as a local government authority.
Four strategies have been identified:
1. Facilitate active youth citizenship: create opportunities for young people to actively
contribute to the City
2. Develop and maintain youth friendly spaces: provide spaces in the City of
Fremantle that are welcoming and friendly for young people
3. Provide youth friendly events and activities: provide a range of programs and
events that encourage greater participation of young people in community life
4. Support youth services: explore opportunities to develop partnerships and build on
existing networks in the Fremantle area
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Facilitate active youth citizenship
Strategy 1 - Create opportunities for young people to actively contribute to the
City
1.1
Develop processes to involve young people in planning and/or
delivery of youth events and /or activities that are run by the
City
1.2
Encourage and support young people, youth groups or
agencies to develop and implement youth initiatives in
Fremantle
1.3
Review the City of Fremantle Youth Sports Grants program to
best meet the cultural and recreational needs of young people
1.4
Celebrate the achievements of young people through a range
of events, activities and media
1.5
Explore the inclusion of a youth category in City of Fremantle
awards
1.6
Develop and implement a range of mechanisms that enable
the input of young people into the City of Fremantle’s
community engagement processes
1.7
Promote opportunities the City of Fremantle has for work
experience, internships, practicum placements and
traineeships for young people
1.8
Investigate and implement the development of a suite of social
media promotional tools that engage young people online
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Develop and maintain youth friendly spaces
Strategy 2 - Provide spaces in the City of Fremantle that are welcoming and
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friendly for young people
2.1
Provide opportunities and collaborate with young people in the
planning, design and development of youth friendly spaces
2.2
Develop youth friendly spaces throughout the Fremantle
Library
2.3
Identify opportunities and possible locations for skate parks
and develop a plan to improve the Beach Street skate park
and develop it into a space for young people
2.4
Identify opportunities and develop a schedule of works to
create youth friendly spaces at the Fremantle Leisure Centre
2.5
Provide opportunities for public art in the City to be created by
young people
2.6
Investigate opportunities to develop youth friendly play spaces
2.7
Explore opportunities to diversify the Fremantle CBD retail
offer that is attractive to young people
2.8
Explore opportunities to improve the Esplanade as a youth
friendly space
2.9
Improve lighting in public places
2.10
Advocate to the public transport authority for improved public
transport options, particularly at night
2.11
Develop an outreach library for young people at the Hilton
Community Centre
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Provide youth friendly events and activities
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Strategy 3 - Provide a range of programs and events that encourage greater
participation of young people in community life
3.1
Develop, implement and evaluate an annual calendar of youth
programs and events which combine multiple activities across
a variety of community spaces and facilities
3.2
Provide opportunities for young people to be involved in the
planning and delivery of youth events/activities
3.3
Ensure programs and events facilitated by the City of
Fremantle are offered free of charge or at low cost where
possible
3.4
Ensure that events and projects targeting young people are
incorporated in the City of Fremantle festivals
3.5
Partner with relevant local agencies to be inclusive of
disadvantaged young people when developing programs and
events in the City
3.6
Promote youth programs and events through a variety of
media
3.7
Explore opportunities to create family friendly and
intergenerational programs
3.8
Investigate the feasibility of installing a public bike hire facility
in the Fremantle CBD. (Completed)
3.9
Advocate to WA Police for an increased police presence in
Fremantle that is a helpful resource for young people
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Support youth services
Strategy 4 - Explore opportunities to develop partnerships and build on existing
networks in the Fremantle area
4.1
Investigate options to implement various strategies to improve
young people’s access to information about the services that
are available to them in the Fremantle area
4.2
Provide an online directory of youth services in the City of
Fremantle
4.3
Attend and participate in existing networks such as the
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Cockburn, Melville, Fremantle Youth Interagency Forum
(CMFYIF)
4.4
Build on existing networks with education facilities to identify
areas for collaboration and promotion of existing services
available to young people
4.5
Support agencies that deliver services in Fremantle through
the provision of subsidised appropriate building space (when
available)
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