Applications open for the 2023 Regional Youth Task Force – News Of The Area

Luke Austin and Mikal Tesfamariam, representatives of the Regional Youth Task Force 2022, with Coffs Harbor MP Gurmesh Singh.

APPLICATIONS are open for the 2023 Regional Youth Task Force and young people across the NSW region are encouraged to apply to ensure the voices of young people in their communities are heard.

Deputy First Minister and Regional NSW Minister Paul Toole said he looked forward to the formation of the next eighteen-member task force, which includes two members from nine regions, ensuring a wide range of experiences and opinions.

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“It’s about giving young people from all parts of NSW a megaphone and making sure they have a voice in the decision-making process – the next generation have great ideas and are ready to put them into action,” Toole said.

“These young people play an important role in representing their communities and I’m excited to see what ideas they bring to the table.”

Mikal Tesfamariam and Luke Austin represented the North Coast this year.

Ms Tesfamariam said the task force provides an incredible opportunity for young people to represent their region and feel heard.

“As the program continues and more young people come through, there will be a substantial platform for young people to present solutions to problems and challenges faced in their region,” he said. she declared.

Regional Youth Minister Ben Franklin said the task force plays an important role in advising the state government.

“Young people are the future of this state and it is essential that they have direct input into the programs developed by the NSW Government and have a voice that speaks to the challenges facing their regions. .

“If you are between the ages of 12 and 24 and are passionate about your area, being part of the task force is an opportunity to work with like-minded people and let us know how the NSW Government can help you, you and your peers, to work, live and thrive in your community,” said Franklin.

“The task force achieved significant results, including the creation of the Regional Schools Graduate Events Program, as well as securing an additional $10 million commitment for free or subsidized youth activities. of our regions.

Ms Tesfamariam agreed, saying: “This is a brilliant introduction to a career in public service and civic engagement.

“We had a very good relationship with the minister and we have an authentic voice.”

The working group meets four times during the year, with each meeting focusing on the pillars of the regional youth framework: well-being, connectivity, work readiness and community.

Travel costs, meals and accommodation will be covered for Regional Youth Task Force members traveling across NSW for meetings.

For more information on current and previous members of the task force or to submit an application, visit

Applications open and close on October 23, 2022.

By Andrew VIVIAN

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