Twelve of the state’s brightest young leaders have been appointed to the 2021-22 Youth Advisory Council, reaffirming the commitment of the NSW Nationals in the state government to embed the voices of children and young people in its work.
The Youth Advisory Council provides young people with the opportunity to influence decisions that will create positive outcomes for their peers.
Members of the Council will advise the NSW Government on issues that affect young people and share their vision for the future.
Nationals Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said the Council will provide a direct line to government on behalf of the members’ peers and communities.
“It is fantastic to see so many young people stepping forward so we can work together to implement their ideas and address their issues,” Mrs Taylor said.
Following an extensive recruitment process that saw 585 young people aged 12 to 24 apply, the new Youth Advisory Council held its first meeting online over the weekend.
Members of the 2021-22 Youth Advisory Council include:
• Mae Carroll – Grafton
• Meika Lindsay – Royalla
• Katy Quinn – Lake Cargelligo
• Oscar Ryan – Port Kembla
• Stassi Austin – Cootamundra
Throughout their one-year term, the Youth Advisory Council will be supported by Zoë Robinson – the Advocate for Children and Young People.
“Every year the members of the NSW Youth Advisory Council provide practical and valuable advice to government. I look forward to working with the 2021-22 Council and supporting them in their good work,” Ms Robinson said.
More information about the Youth Advisory Council is available at www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/engage/youth-advisory-council-yac