Media Release 5 May 2021

Following a successful recruitment drive across the whole of the Hunter region, the Committee for the Hunter has appointed the first nine members of its inaugural Youth Committee for the Hunter.

The Youth Committee delivers on the Committee for the Hunter’s commitment to expand opportunities for young people and provide them with a voice on regional priorities.

The Youth Committee is a diverse group of motivated young people who are engaged in the issues affecting young people and the region and are committed to working collaboratively to do something about these.

The Committee for the Hunter is pleased to introduce the 2021 Youth Committee members:

  • Lauren Armstrong – Newcastle
  • Claire Bertholli – Newcastle
  • Isaac Conway – Port Stephens
  • Melanie Gibson – Maitland
  • Kelsey Gray Lake – Macquarie
  • Shaun Guilfoyle – Cessnock City Council
  • Ryan Maginnity – Lake Macquarie
  • Gabriella Maughan – Newcastle
  • Dylan Shoesmith – Lake Macquarie

Selection panel member, Wayne Johnson, ARTC Group Executive Hunter Valley Network

Hunter Valley said that the announcement of the members of the Youth Committee for the Hunter is a positive and exciting step toward ensuring the youth in the region can impact our future initiatives.

 “I applaud the enthusiasm and commitment the inaugural members of the Youth Committee bring to this important platform. ARTC sees this as a powerful opportunity for the young people of the community to help shape the future,” said Mr Johnson.

The group will convene its first meeting in May, where it will agree its terms of reference and nominate a representative to serve as a director of the Committee for the Hunter, giving young people a voice on the board.


Media contact:

Alice Thompson
Committee for the Hunter
0490 688 125
ceo at hunter dot org dot au