Young people in regional NSW looking to make a difference in their community are encouraged to apply to be a part of next year’s Regional Youth Taskforce, a Ministerial advisory group with a strong voice into government.
Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor said the Taskforce provides young people aged between 12 and 24 from all corners of rural and regional NSW with a unique opportunity to meet with government and inform decision making that will have flow-on benefits for their communities.
“Being on the Regional Taskforce is all about representing friends, classmates and family to champion local causes and play a part in making decisions that will help drive change in your regional town,” Mrs Taylor said.
“As we continue to navigate the path to recovery from COVID-19 restrictions, floods and bushfires, now is the perfect time to throw your hat in the ring and be a part of making life better for young people in your community.”
The Taskforce will comprise 18 members, with two members representing each of NSW’s nine regions, and will meet four times throughout the year either online or in person.
“We know the issues faced by young people in Dubbo are different to the issues faced by their peers in Grafton, which is why we want a diverse membership that represents every corner of the bush,” Mrs Taylor said.
“It’s easy to apply, simply fill out the form and create a short video on your phone or write a short piece telling us about who you are and what the most important issues impacting young people in your part of the state are.”
“The 2021 Taskforce has met to discuss a range of issues, including consulting with the Department of Education on how to develop a digital Student Learner Profile which will be a game changing tool to keep a verified record of students’ skills and achievements in the one place.”
“I want to personally thank each of the outgoing members from the 2021 Taskforce for their passion and commitment to supporting young people in regional NSW and urge every young person who is passionate about their community to make the time to apply for next year,” Mrs Taylor said.
Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for Regional Youth Taskforce members travelling across NSW for meetings.
Applications are open from Tuesday 12 October until Friday 19 November 2021 at www.nsw.gov.au/regional-nsw/