Young people in regional NSW are being encouraged to apply to be a part of next year’s Regional Youth Taskforce, a Ministerial advisory group with a direct line into government to raise everyday issues faced by friends and classmates in their communities.

This week, Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor and Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders announced the search was on for applicants aged between 12 and 24 who wanted to have a say on what their peers need when it comes to services, programs and infrastructure in the bush.

Mrs Taylor said since its formation last year, the inaugural Regional Youth Taskforce members have provided advice and feedback to NSW Government Ministers on local issues resulting in immediate action and work undertaken to deliver improvements in areas such as education, digital connectivity and obtaining a drivers’ licence.

“Being on the Taskforce is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people in your age group and importantly, tells us what you really want for your town or city,” she said.

“We are looking for applications from everybody, not just the best and brightest, but those who can talk with firsthand experience.”

Mr Saunders said young people living in Dubbo and the Central West and Orana region are already benefitting from initiatives delivered with the support of the Regional Youth Taskforce.

“Our youth are now able to quickly upgrade a P1 driver’s license online without having to travel far to the local Service NSW centre, and through drought, some of the region’s worst affected families were able to access free drought holiday activities,” he said.

Mrs Taylor urged young people to apply online by answering a few simple questions and uploading a short video or written account of their own personal experiences.

To apply, visit http://www.nsw.gov.au/RegionalYouthTaskforce.