SHOUT OUT - YOUTH TO BE HEARD WITH FIRST REGIONAL YOUTH TASKFORCE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is encouraging young people in the region to get in their applications to join NSW’s first ever Regional Youth Taskforce, giving them a chance to have their say on local issues.
Mr Anderson said the taskforce will be made up of 18 members who will meet regularly and provide direct advice and feedback to NSW Government agencies and Ministers on policy decisions and local action plans regarding youth.
“This is great news for our young people who want to play a part and get involved in local matters.
“I have been working hard with community groups and organisations to ensure we get a crack at funding for infrastructure like the Regional Playground and the Viaduct Skate Park, but there is more to do across the region.
“To the young people from Walcha to Werris Creek, Barraba to Bendemeer, Gunnedah to Gowrie, this is your chance to be heard, to voice your opinion on local issues, to represent your mates and peers and to help make decisions that will drive change in your own community.
“Unemployment and mental health are just some of the challenges in our area and will be working to address these with the help of the Taskforce.
“We know each region has different challenges, that’s why we are seeking an even representation of two members from each of the nine NSW regions - if you are aged 12 to 24 and have an idea for youth in our community, this is a great time to share it.”
“Our young people of today will become the leaders of tomorrow which is why we want to ensure our regional youth are front and centre throughout the decision-making process,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for Regional Youth Taskforce members travelling across NSW for meetings.
For more or submit an application visit www.nsw.gov.au/RegionalYouthTaskforce
Applications are open until 11:59pm 14 July 2019.
• The NSW Government has established the first ever Office for Regional Youth.
• It will soon release the State’s first Regional Youth Strategy to address challenges in regional NSW.
• Last week it announced $50 million for regional youth programs and infrastructure under the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
• It will be made up of 18 members (2 from each region) who will meet regularly and provide direct advice and feedback to NSW Government agencies, the Office for Regional NSW and Cabinet on state-wide policy decisions and local plans