Taylor (20) has a keen interest in Gwelup’s future

Taylor Watson (20) is president of the Gwelup Progress
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Taylor Watson (20) is president of the Gwelup Progress Association. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d468722

AT only 20 years old, Taylor Watson has revitalised a Gwelup community group and hopes to encourage more young people to get involved.

The political science student was recently named president of the Gwelup Progress Association (GPA), which was first formed in 1987 but has been inactive for several years.

While she is the youngest in the group by at least 20 years, Ms Watson said she encouraged young people to bring their skills to the table in their local community groups or councils.

“This was one way to make some change in the area I’ve lived my whole life,” she said.

“Young people have a huge contribution to make in public and community life and they shouldn’t feel that just because the average age is 40 or 50 that it excludes them from being involved.

“Young people know how to use technology, social media and so that is a skill they can bring to the table.”

Ms Watson said she decided to revive the group because of a passion for her community and politics and ran in the City of Stirling local government elections when she was only 18.

“One of the reasons I had a go so young was to really work out what I needed to do better in future,” she said.

“I’m keen to get on to council at some point and even into state or federal politics one day as well.”

Ms Watson said big issues on the agenda for the GPA were developments, the wetlands and maintaining transparent communication with the City of Stirling.

“We now have a new committee and will pick up where we left off a few years ago,” she said.

“Former president Lyn Cottee was really keen to have some fresh perspectives and for someone new to take control.

“It only takes one or two people to start something and from that things can grow.”

The next GPA meeting will be at the Colin Moore Community Centre next month. Email watsontaylor95@-gmail.com if you want to attend.