Tamworth’s Ryan Dwight has been inducted as a member of the NSW Government’s inaugural Regional Youth Taskforce, which will give regional youth a voice in Government.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson congratulated the 23-year-old and said having a local member on the Taskforce would ensure the issues facing young people in the region are heard and considered by Government.

“Ryan has a fantastic track record in community involvement. He was president of the Regional Student Representative Council when he was a student at Peel High, he was also a rural Fire Service volunteer.

“He is currently studying Social Work at UNE. He has first-hand experience working as a client relations officer for Homes North - a community housing provider. 

“This has made him acutely aware of the lack of affordable housing, transport and employment prospects for young people in regional NSW. 

“This is a Government delivering on its election commitments. The Taskforce will be responsible for providing feedback to the Minister, NSW Government agencies and the Office of Regional Youth on youth-related issues. 

“With Ryan as a member on the Taskforce, I am so pleased that young people from our region will have a voice at the table.

 “We don’t want to keep losing regional youth to our big cities and that’s why we have created this Regional Youth Taskforce, giving young people a strong voice that will help shape policy and service delivery,” Mr Anderson concluded.

The Regional Youth Taskforce will meet four times a year.

The NSW Government is also reviewing applications for Round Three of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, with half of the available $100 million funding to be allocated to youth related projects and programs across regional NSW.

For further information go to www.nsw.gov.au/RegionalYouthTaskforce 

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