Monday, 19 October 2020
YOUNG people from across the region are being encouraged to apply to be a part of next year’s NSW Regional Youth Taskforce, a Ministerial advocacy group which will have a direct line to State Government to raise local issues faced by friends and classmates.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said applications were now open for young people aged between 12 and 24 years who wanted to have a say on the needs of their peers when it comes to services, programs and infrastructure in the region.
The Taskforce will be made up of 18 members who will meet regularly with the Minister for Regional Youth and other representatives from NSW Government agencies and cabinet.
“To young people in 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,” Mr Marshall said.
“Between drought, bushfire and COVID-19, the past year has placed significant new pressures on young people in regional communities and it is more important than ever the interests of our local youth are appropriately represented.
“Each region of country NSW 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.”
Mr Marshall said the since its formation late last year, the inaugural Regional Youth Taskforce had provided advice and feedback on local issues resulting in immediate action and work undertaken to deliver real improvements.
“It is hard to believe that almost a year has passed since the State’s first Regional Youth Taskforce came together to have a hand in making decisions and create change, but 2021 is around the corner and it’s time for more voices to raise fresh ideas,” Mr Marshall said.
“In the brief time the 18 members of the 2020 Taskforce have worked together they have fed into youth strategies, made changes to the process for upgrading a P1 driver’s license online and advised on a holiday program for families living in drought.”
Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for Regional Youth Taskforce members travelling across NSW for meetings.
Applications are now open and close in 1 November 2020.
To find out more or submit an application visit www.nsw.gov.au/regional-nsw/regional-youth-taskforce