Teens have say on rural life
Regional, rural and remote issues raised in YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament
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.