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23 February, 2021

Young people now have an opportunity to impact their community

YOUNG people aged between 16 to 25 years old now have the opportunity to make an impact on the Mackay community.

By Andrew Sorensen

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert MP set up a new committee to serve as an opportunity to grow the confidence, skills and leadership abilities of potential members, along with improving their knowledge of government and policy-making processes.

The Youth Advisory Committee will help inform local and state policies and give young people a voice on issues of concern to them.

Mrs Gilbert said expressions of interest were open to young people aged 16 - 25 years, who live in the state electorate of Mackay.

“This is an exciting opportunity for young people to contribute to local and state policy-making on issues important to them, and learn more about how government can help effect change," Mrs Gilbert said.

“It’s important for me to engage with the youth in my community and listen to their ideas and concerns about how we continue to make Mackay and our state a better place for all.

 Mrs Gilbert said she welcomed applications from young people of all backgrounds.

 “We’re asking young people to fill out a short online form outlining their reasons for wanting to join and what ideas, experiences and values they would bring to the committee.”

The committee will be chaired by Julieanne Gilbert and will meet four times a year.

It is only open to those living in the state electorate of Mackay. The intention is for applications to open every year.

Expressions of interest close 13 March and applicants will be notified shortly after the closing date about the outcome of their application.

The purpose of the committee is to give young people a voice on issues of concern to them, along with helping the Mackay mp to better understand local and state issues affecting young people.

The Committee will also provide advice on communication strategies regarding local and state policies and help grow the confidence, skills and leadership abilities of the committee members.

It will also improve their knowledge of how government can help effect change.



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