Regional youth can suggest solutions to tackle issues important to them, such as getting a job, transport, mental health, housing and homelessness, thanks to the Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh encouraged young people to keep sending in their applications for the State’s first-ever Regional Youth Taskforce – with the closing date extended to August 5.

Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor, who officially opened the Taskforce in Coffs Harbour in June, was encouraged by the responses so far.

“As the first Minister for Regional Youth, I want young people in our regions to know that this is your chance to be heard, to champion your local causes, represent your friends and classmates, and be involved in the decisions that help to create change in your home town,” Mrs Taylor said.

“We want local voices participating in this Taskforce. As a Government we need to listen to young people, we want to understand what services and support would help them prosper.”

Mr Singh said the 18-member taskforce would meet regularly and provide direct advice to NSW Government agencies, the Office for Regional NSW and Cabinet on State-wide policy decisions and local plans.

“We want to see applications from everybody. It’s not just about the best and brightest – first-hand experience is key here and will mean you can tell us what you think will work for our region and the young people who live here,” Mr Singh said.

Applications are open to anyone aged 12 to 24 who lives in regional NSW. Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for Regional Youth Taskforce members who need to travel.