Wyong High School student, Josef Graf-Cooper, has been included in the NSW Government’s inaugural Regional Youth Taskforce.
Created to give regional youth a voice in government, Minister for Regional Youth, Bronnie Taylor, chaired the first meeting of the Taskforce where members will discuss the key issues facing young people in the regions and propose solutions.
“Regional NSW is a fantastic place to live but there is an imbalance between the opportunities available to young people living in the regions versus those living in Sydney,” Taylor said.
“We don’t want to keep losing regional youth to our big cities and that’s why we have created this Regional Youth Taskforce, giving young people a strong voice that will shape NSW Government policy and service delivery.
“Young people are the experts on youth issues and this is an amazing, diverse group who are united by their desire to have the best chance at a great life in regional NSW,” Taylor said.
Eighteen young people, two from each of NSW’s nine regional zones, were chosen from more than 300 applicants.
“Applications revealed a wide variety of issues important to young people in regional NSW, including mental health and youth suicide, digital connectivity, public transport, recreation facilities, drug use, and employment,” Taylor said.
Media release, Oct 31
Sven Wright, NSW Department of Education