Julie Charlton has travelled throughout NSW to raise awareness for people with disabilities and the challenges they face, and has also served as a chairperson of the Youth Advisory Council. As well as being a passionate advocate, Julie coaches athletics and is an elite athlete herself, recently achieving a Gold Medal in Secured Discus and a Bronze Medal in Secured Javelin at the Australian National Athletics Championships.
As part of her role as a Youth Ambassador, Julie hopes to create more opportunities for children and young people in the Hills Shire through sharing her own story.
Q: Why did you decide to apply to the Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador program?
A: I had never had the opportunity to be involved in my local area and I was contacted by a friend who suggested that I apply for the position. I have been involved in advocacy since I was seven years old, having opportunities across the state and country to make a difference. For me, working in my local area is a unique opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.
Q: How did you hear about the Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador program?
A: A friend from my sporting club sent me the link on LinkedIn and then I saw an advertisement on social media.
Q: What do you hope to achieve in your role as Youth Ambassador?
A: I hope to raise the opportunities and voices of children and young people in the Hills District and to be able to share my story in order to help others.
Q: Why is it important for young people to be heard at a Local Government level?
A: Local Government has a direct impact on the daily lives of youth. Young people need to be heard by their council because eventually those youth will become the Local Government of the future and if the government starts listening now, the precedent will be set for future youth voices to be heard.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
Becoming the chairperson of The Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People Youth Advisory Council and becoming an athletics coach at the same time as being an elite athlete.
Q: What are some of your interests/ hobbies?
A: Theatre, sport and musical theatre
Q: What motivates you?
A: Striving to better myself and my community everyday.