Voice of our Youth - Project Overview

The aim of Voice of our Youth is to capture the voice of young people living in the Loddon Campaspe region, especially those who are currently or have previously been faced with the challenge of leaving school early. 

From August to December 2019 we will be looking to engage young people from across our six local government areas to share their voice, stories, experiences and ideas in an effort to:

  • Understand why young people are leaving school prior to completing year 12 or equivalent.

  • Understand the barriers and opportunities for young people to remain engaged in education. 

  • Explore what needs to exist to keep such young people engaged and where the system needs to adjust to meet their needs.

  • Identify opportunities for targeted interventions and investment to support young people in the journey through education to employment.

Our Project Team
Hayley Cail

Project Manager - Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership

Hayley currently works across the Loddon Campaspe region to bring to life the work of the Regional Partnership, as part of the work of Regional Development Victoria.  developing rural and regional Victoria.
Hayley was previous in the community education sector collaborating with providers, key business and industry within the Loddon Mallee region of Victoria. 

Andy Bell

Consultant - Youth Gurus


Andy is a youth engagement and community development specialist with international management experience, a master’s degree in community development and a passion for working with young people in creative ways. Andy is skilled in the design, delivery and evaluation of youth participation and engagement projects within the community sector. 

Alicia Crawford Bell

Consultant - Youth Gurus


Alicia holds over 15 years experience in designing and facilitating a wide range of community development and youth engagement projects, both in Australia and abroad. Founder of Liminal Life, Alicia is passionate about assisting others to transform their own lives and the lives of those around them and is particularly interested in helping people navigate and grow through major life transitions.

The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership

This project is an initiative of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership as one of the nine Regional Partnerships have been established by the Victorian Government across the State to give regional communities greater say about what matters to them and ensure their voices reach the heart of government.  Partnerships aim to increase collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and government to address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region.  


The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership in central Victoria covers an area with a diverse population and a buoyant economy based on agriculture, retail, health, property and manufacturing.  There are six Local Government Areas, including Campaspe Shire, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire and Mount Alexander Shire.  The partnership members are deeply connected to their local communities and bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge. Members of the partnership include CEOs of all six councils, representatives from State and Commonwealth government and appointed business and community representatives.

Voice of our Youth - Project Partners

Voice of our Youth is an initiative of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership with support from the Victorian Government.​​


Voice of our Youth is not a support service. If you would like to access a support service please call  

Lifeline: 13 11 14  Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800  Headspace: 1800 650 890