Teens have say on ru­ral life

Re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote is­sues raised in YMCA Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

THREE young lo­cal voices were heard loudly at the 2018 YMCA Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment last week.

The Cen­tral Queens­land girls spoke on im­por­tant is­sues about which they were pas­sion­ate and had the op­por­tu­nity to learn from other like-minded stu­dents.

Jemma Mobbs, from Bell, rep­re­sented the Cal­lide elec­torate and wanted to bring to light the is­sues faced in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“Eighty-five per cent of our pop­u­la­tion live in five cities,” she said.

“I want to be a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate on be­half of the is­sues of the wider re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and speak from the re­al­i­ties on the land, not from what is trend­ing in the me­dia from in­ner-city Bris­bane.

“My mis­sion is to learn all I can and to cre­ate a con­ver­sa­tion with peo­ple who can make the changes to as­sist com­mu­ni­ties like mine.

“I want to in­flu­ence de­ci­sion-mak­ers through com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and pow­er­ful in­sights from our re­gional peo­ple’s un­der­stand­ing of is­sues and leg­is­la­tion af­fect­ing them.”

Ms Mobbs was in the Agriculture, Environment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources depart­ment and spoke on mine re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“This was chal­leng­ing for me, I learnt a lot about how bills and amend­ments are made,” she said.

The event al­lowed Ms Mobbs to have her voice heard “on im­por­tant is­sues that I am pas­sion­ate about and feel are not rep­re­sented enough in Par­lia­ment”.

“The im­por­tance of young peo­ple un­der­stand­ing our gov­ern­ing sys­tems is paramount to the fu­ture of Aus­tralia,” she said.

“We des­per­ately need more young peo­ple to take con­trol of their un­der­stand­ing of pol­i­tics in­stead of just ask­ing mum and dad who to vote for.

“Leg­is­la­tion and pol­i­tics af­fects them too, Youth Par­lia­ment gives young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand and con­trib­ute to their com­mu­ni­ties on a deeper level.”

Mem­ber for Cal­lide Colin Boyce was impressed by the strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion of young women from the Cal­lide elec­torate.

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