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Thursday 21 February 2019
Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy is encouraging young people aged 16 to 25 to make their voices heard as part of the annual YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament.
“Youth Parliament is a program designed to give young Victorians a chance to be heard at the highest levels of State Government, on a wide range of issues relevant to young people's lives,” Mr McCurdy said.
“I hope that young people within the Ovens Valley electorate put their hand up to take part in the program so they can make a valuable input that represents the experience of living in our local community.”
As part of the program, 20 teams of six participants receive training in public speaking and leadership at residential camps in May, as they research issues that they are passionate about.
From this research, they develop a Bill, which is debated in the Victorian Parliament over three days in July.
Mr McCurdy said Youth Parliament had a long and successful history in Victoria, having helped shape more than 25 pieces of Victorian legislation including laws on mandatory bike helmets, roadside drug testing and gun reforms.
“Youth Parliament gives young Victorians the opportunity to shape policy and develop debating, public speaking and team building skills of our future leaders,” he said.
“I encourage local young people with an interest in the order and general wellbeing of our community to apply for the program.”
Applications are now open and close on Thursday 7 March 2019. For more information on how to apply, visit vicyouth.ymca.org.au/programs/youth-parliament.html