Fremantle Youth Network (FYN)

The Fremantle Youth Network (FYN) fosters communication between young people and the City of Fremantle and advocates on youth needs and concerns.

The group comprises members aged between 12-25 years with a connection to Freo and includes students attending Fremantle College, John Curtin College of the Arts, Notre Dame University, Curtin University and other schools outside Fremantle.

Click on a star icon to read more about each FYN member:

You can read updates on the network below.


The Fremantle Youth Network (FYN) fosters communication between young people and the City of Fremantle and advocates on youth needs and concerns.

The group comprises members aged between 12-25 years with a connection to Freo and includes students attending Fremantle College, John Curtin College of the Arts, Notre Dame University, Curtin University and other schools outside Fremantle.

Click on a star icon to read more about each FYN member:

You can read updates on the network below.


  • FYN attending the Global Climate Strike

    about 2 months ago
    Global strike 20.09.19 2

    On Friday 20 September there were a number of climate strikes that took place in Australia and worldwide.

    Members of the Fremantle Youth Network identified that they would like to attend unified as the FYN, for those that were already individually planning to attend.

    There was a crowd of over 10,000 people that attended the strike in Perth, Forrest Place. We caught up with Mayor Brad Pettitt while we were there.

    The Fremantle Youth Network plan to be more active in this space. Stay tuned for updates.


    On Friday 20 September there were a number of climate strikes that took place in Australia and worldwide.

    Members of the Fremantle Youth Network identified that they would like to attend unified as the FYN, for those that were already individually planning to attend.

    There was a crowd of over 10,000 people that attended the strike in Perth, Forrest Place. We caught up with Mayor Brad Pettitt while we were there.

    The Fremantle Youth Network plan to be more active in this space. Stay tuned for updates.


  • September 2019 - Meeting Update

    about 2 months ago

    The September FYN meeting was very interesting and interactive as we had a guest speaker come in and speak to us, giving us valuable knowledge on event planning. We learnt about the importance of planning and all the work that must go into an event to ensure it is safe, legal and an accessible place for all.

    We spoke about Frankie the Panda which will be our event mascot that will be shown in pictures at Freo Youth events such as the upcoming events: Adulting 101 and our Makerspace Open mic night. We spoke about the possibility of attending the...

    The September FYN meeting was very interesting and interactive as we had a guest speaker come in and speak to us, giving us valuable knowledge on event planning. We learnt about the importance of planning and all the work that must go into an event to ensure it is safe, legal and an accessible place for all.

    We spoke about Frankie the Panda which will be our event mascot that will be shown in pictures at Freo Youth events such as the upcoming events: Adulting 101 and our Makerspace Open mic night. We spoke about the possibility of attending the Climate Change strike and also about meeting the Hong Kong youth exchange delegates. I think the whole team would agree it was overall an informative and exciting meeting.

    Update by Connie
  • YACtivate 2019

    2 months ago
    Attending YACTIVATE! 2019 was definitely a new and exciting experience for all four of us and the weekend had a succession of both good and interesting experiences. The weekend was planned to have everyone attend three workshops over two days with other activities strewn throughout.

    Between us four (Caitlin, Margherita, Olive and Piper) we attended all the possible workshops
    offered: Career and Goal Setting, Mental Health, Self-Empowerment and Public Speaking .
    Aside Public Speaking, all the workshops were run by GSLA (Great Southern Leadership
    Academy), an organisation of young people in leadership roles.

    The information for the workshops run by...

    Attending YACTIVATE! 2019 was definitely a new and exciting experience for all four of us and the weekend had a succession of both good and interesting experiences. The weekend was planned to have everyone attend three workshops over two days with other activities strewn throughout.

    Between us four (Caitlin, Margherita, Olive and Piper) we attended all the possible workshops
    offered: Career and Goal Setting, Mental Health, Self-Empowerment and Public Speaking .
    Aside Public Speaking, all the workshops were run by GSLA (Great Southern Leadership
    Academy), an organisation of young people in leadership roles.

    The information for the workshops run by GSLA was valuable and the presenters, experienced and qualified however the camp had a wide range of demographics (from 11 year olds to university students) so some elements of the workshops were exciting and fun but catered to younger audiences rather than high school and university age students, due to this we found that some presentations didn’t apply to
    us as much as others.

    The workshops were split in large groups so it was more difficult to talk one on one with the
    presenters and a few presentations lacked an element of inter-activeness due to the high
    number of kids in one session, however it was wonderful to hear from young presenters who are
    successful in their field.

    Of note: the event had us using lots of single use plastic or given unnecessary plastic items - it didn’t
    seem environmentally friendly.

    The actual campsite was beautiful and the perfect place with space for all the workshops, a
    campfire and a large dining hall. The food and the way the days were organised was excellent.
    Though some of the workshops fell short, other activities such as the Mocktail challenge led by
    the Busselton LDAG (Local Drug Action Group), the public speaking workshop organised by the
    Youth Officers and the final speeches were definitely informative and fun!

    For the weekend, we had set out to meet and interact with other young people and YACs and
    we definitely managed to do so, the opportunity to meet others was by far the most valuable
    experience from the trip and meant that we were able to understand what other groups were
    doing as well as share our own experience. We met some amazing people and did some major
    networking as we were able to interact with groups close to us who we hope we will see again
    soon!!

    Overall, the contacts, friendships and ideas that came from the weekend were definitely
    significant for the growth of the Fremantle Youth Network, for our own personal growth and
    surpassed the negatives. We (Margherita, Olive, Piper and Caitlin) became closer and were
    able to gather and create many cool ideas to apply to the network.

    Update by Margherita

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  • August - Meeting Update

    3 months ago

    This meeting we have been planning for 25under25 Makerspace, a youth arts event held in conjunction with the 25under25 art exhibition at the Moores Building. Makerspace is planned for Thursday 3 October and we are hoping to have lots of creative activities on the night.

    Our guest speaker this August was Michael ‘Mo’ O’Mera from the National Youth Commission Inquiry. Michael facilitated a discussion about what we felt is working and what isn’t with schooling and university, reflecting on our own experiences or what we had observed with others. This was done as part of the National Youth Commission Inquiry’s...

    This meeting we have been planning for 25under25 Makerspace, a youth arts event held in conjunction with the 25under25 art exhibition at the Moores Building. Makerspace is planned for Thursday 3 October and we are hoping to have lots of creative activities on the night.

    Our guest speaker this August was Michael ‘Mo’ O’Mera from the National Youth Commission Inquiry. Michael facilitated a discussion about what we felt is working and what isn’t with schooling and university, reflecting on our own experiences or what we had observed with others. This was done as part of the National Youth Commission Inquiry’s focus groups, which aim to collect research into what young people have to say about certain issues. See https://nycinquiry.org.au/ for more information.

    Meeting update by Hazel.

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  • Fremantle Council responds to Youth Network call to arms on climate change

    5 months ago
    Fyn

    Fremantle Council has responded to calls from the Fremantle Youth Network for urgent action to address climate change. Members of the Network wrote to Mayor Brad Pettitt and Fremantle councillors to raise their concerns about the lack of action on climate change and urge the council to be their voice to highlight the issue.

    At its meeting on Wednesday 22 May 2019 the council accepted the Network’s letter and responded by declaring the world was in a state of climate emergency that required urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils.

    The Youth Network’s letter to the...

    Fremantle Council has responded to calls from the Fremantle Youth Network for urgent action to address climate change. Members of the Network wrote to Mayor Brad Pettitt and Fremantle councillors to raise their concerns about the lack of action on climate change and urge the council to be their voice to highlight the issue.

    At its meeting on Wednesday 22 May 2019 the council accepted the Network’s letter and responded by declaring the world was in a state of climate emergency that required urgent action by all levels of government, including by local councils.

    The Youth Network’s letter to the council said climate change was the issue that had dominated their recent meetings. “We ask that the Fremantle Council supports the voices of young people who cannot vote in the upcoming federal election who want action on climate change. Will you be our voice to highlight this issue?”

    Read more here.

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  • May 2019 - Meeting Update

    about 2 months ago

    The acknowledgement to country spoken by Hazel Dortch commenced the agenda of the meeting. The minutes written from the previous meeting were then accepted as true and correct, following this we touched on actions rising from the previous minutes including the MySay Fremantle portal accessibility and the YACWA membership process.

    We then spoke about the Fremantle Youth Network Planning day, looking at priorities in, issues that affected us, training we would like to receive, our own personal interests and dates/days we found were particularly significant.

    The annual Mission Australia survey was then introduced to the group, it was made apparent...

    The acknowledgement to country spoken by Hazel Dortch commenced the agenda of the meeting. The minutes written from the previous meeting were then accepted as true and correct, following this we touched on actions rising from the previous minutes including the MySay Fremantle portal accessibility and the YACWA membership process.

    We then spoke about the Fremantle Youth Network Planning day, looking at priorities in, issues that affected us, training we would like to receive, our own personal interests and dates/days we found were particularly significant.

    The annual Mission Australia survey was then introduced to the group, it was made apparent that the Network should share the Fremantle code within their friend groups and schools so that the council can get a true indication of teenagers issues and ideas who live within the city. Following the tech talk the idea of a social media platform for the youth network was brought up and acknowledged as still being developed but will soon be up and running.

    The network then deliberated the wording and final thoughts on the formal letter that will be sent to schools, universities, and institutions in the Fremantle vicinity addressing the main focus of the group and the members within it.

    The group then were lucky enough to have an amazing guest speaker, Rhiannon; the Fremantle community engagement officer who explained all the roles and powers of local government, including formal council meetings and voting. She then further discussed the position the youth network would have in the MySay Fremantle page, including our own ideas, focuses and singular profiles, plus she actioned all members to sign up for the site.

    The main focus for the meeting then diverged to the most prevalent issue that the group would like to focus on which currently is Climate Change. The youth network discussed the recent and ongoing school strikes for climate and how Fremantle is one of three local governments in Australia to receive a One Planet accreditation in 2014. It was then further reiterated how Fremantle, as a council, are looking to be 100% renewable by the year 2025, currently looking at campaigns such as Living Smart, 3 Bins FOGO (Food Organic Green Organic) and being a Water Wise Council.

    Special mentions to three of the networks members concluded the meeting which was closed at 6:42 pm.

    Update by Olive

  • Mission Australia Survey

    5 months ago

    What's important to you? The Mission Australia youth survey is now open for 15-19 year olds. The City of Fremantle code is 85504 and you can find the survey here: www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/research-impact-policy-advocacy/youth-survey


    What's important to you? The Mission Australia youth survey is now open for 15-19 year olds. The City of Fremantle code is 85504 and you can find the survey here: www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/research-impact-policy-advocacy/youth-survey


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  • April 2019 - First Meeting Update

    5 months ago

    The inaugural Fremantle Youth Network, comprising members aged between 12-19 years from Fremantle College, John Curtin College of the Arts, Notre Dame University, Curtin University and other schools outside Fremantle, held their first meeting on 25 March 2019.

    The FYN will meet monthly and a planning day was held recently in the April holiday break. This day considered and then shortlisted the top priority concerns of the network, key dates to campaign or support, key interest areas and training or upskilling needs.

    The inaugural Fremantle Youth Network, comprising members aged between 12-19 years from Fremantle College, John Curtin College of the Arts, Notre Dame University, Curtin University and other schools outside Fremantle, held their first meeting on 25 March 2019.

    The FYN will meet monthly and a planning day was held recently in the April holiday break. This day considered and then shortlisted the top priority concerns of the network, key dates to campaign or support, key interest areas and training or upskilling needs.

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