Liberal Nationals to give young leaders a platform

Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy with the members of the Wangaratta High School Youth Parliament Team.

Thursday 5 July 2018

The Nationals in Government will ensure young Victorians from all walks of life can be part of Youth Parliament to influence and develop legislation that matters to them.

Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said a Liberal Nationals Government would provide $120,000 a year for four years to the YMCA to run the Youth Parliament Program – an increase of $20,000 a year compared to current arrangements.

“This week I chaired a debate in the Youth Parliament with the Wangaratta High School team presenting a bill on the awareness of plastic water bottles impact,” Mr McCurdy said.

“The students did themselves and their school proud and I congratulate them on their efforts.

“Youth Parliament is a great program so this funding announcement is fantastic news for young people in the Ovens Valley.”

Youth Parliament was established in 1987 and is run by the YMCA in conjunction with the Victorian Government.

Each year, 120 students aged 16 to 25 undertake leadership training, team building and other activities. Participants form teams of six and raise $4000 to attend.

In 2014, the Liberal Nationals established the YMCA Press Gallery to run alongside Youth Parliament, providing a newsroom environment to cover the activities of Youth Parliament.

Since its establishment, Youth Parliament has provided the opportunity for 3000 young Victorians to speak out on issues important to them.

Mr McCurdy said the funding would provide long-term certainty to the program, which has had to rely on year-by-year funding under the Andrews Labor Government, and will give more young people with special needs the opportunity to be involved.

“In particular, it will facilitate additional support for young people who are deaf or hard of hearing and support young people travelling from rural and regional areas,” he said.

“The Nationals are proud to continue our support for Youth Parliament.

“Empowering young people and taking their concerns seriously strengthens our democracy and makes today’s decision-makers accountable to the future leaders of our State.”


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