26 September 2023

Young people to make their voice heard

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Twenty young Queenslanders have been selected to lead the way in modernising how Government listens to, engages with, and delivers for the State’s youth.

Minister for Youth Affairs, Meaghan Scanlon announced the membership of the new Youth Strategy Engagement Group, saying that with more platforms and ways to communicate than ever before, it was critical for the Government to make sure young people continued to be heard.

“Young people have a lot to contribute, but if the Government isn’t keeping up with how they want to be engaged and the platforms they’re on, then how can we make sure their voices are heard,” Ms Scanlon said.

She said the Government was supporting free TAFE tuition for under-25s, while $320 million had been allocated for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program as well as action on climate change and school upgrades across the State.

“We want to build on this,” the Minister said.

“Importantly, we want young people to have a direct say in how their Government does that,” she said.

Ms Scanlon said the Youth Strategy Engagement Group included representatives from regional and remote communities, young people who identify as First Nations People, members of LGBTIQA+ communities, and people living with disability.

The members are Michaeline Fauid, Jordan Frith, Myiesha Yoelu, Nicholas Enraght-Moony, Isabella Dunn, Rahim Mohammadi, Caitlin Stewart, Xavier Curry, Grace Wilson, Adeline Lee, Alexander Rohde, Gracie Hosie, Murray Colbridge, Hayes Butler-Dupuy, Kaira Kapur, Summer Farrelly, Ojaswi Bansal, Sarah Deeb, Gavindi Samarasekara and Brianna Dunigan.

Ms Scanlon said the group’s members were selected following a public nomination process which ran between 16 June and 1 July.

“More than 120 nominations were submitted, and I want to thank every applicant for showing an interest in shaping this State’s future,” the Minister said.

The group is expected to hold its first meeting later in August.

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