2 October 2020

Regional Youth Taskforce to give young people a direct line to ministers

| Hannah Sparks
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Young people will have their voices heard thanks to the NSW Government’s new Regional Youth Taskforce. Photo: Naassom Azevedo.

The voices of people aged 12-24 who are living in Yass Valley Shire, Upper Lachlan Shire and Goulburn Mulwaree Shire will be heard by the NSW Government through a new Regional Youth Taskforce.

Young people in the Goulburn electorate are invited to join the taskforce in 2021, which will have a direct line to the NSW Government and input towards services, programs and infrastructure.

The taskforce’s 18 representatives will meet regularly with the NSW Minister for Regional Youth and other representatives from NSW Government agencies and cabinet.

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“To young people in the region, this is your chance to be heard, to voice your opinion on local issues, represent your mates and peers, and help make decisions that drive change in your own community,” said Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman.

“We know each region has different challenges so we are seeking an even representation of two members from each of the nine NSW regions and we are looking for applications from everybody, not just the best and brightest, but those who can talk with experience.”

NSW Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor said since its formation in late 2019, the inaugural Regional Youth Taskforce has made changes to the process for upgrading a P1 driver’s licence online and advised on a holiday program for families living in drought.

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“It is hard to believe that almost a year has passed since NSW’s first Regional Youth Taskforce came together to have a hand in making decisions and creating change, but 2021 is around the corner and it’s time for more voices to raise fresh ideas,” said Ms Taylor.

Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for Regional Youth Taskforce members travelling across NSW for meetings. To find out more or to submit an application, visit here.

Applications are open until 18 October, 2020.

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