Youth serve it up at bud­get break­fast

Jacob re­warded for per­fect 50


CATHY McGowan (MHR, Indi) spoke to more than 50 young peo­ple in Wan­garatta on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to re­ceive feed­back on the 2018/19 fed­eral bud­get and what mat­ters to youth in the com­mu­nity.

Stu­dents from Wan­garatta High School, Galen Catholic College, Cathe­dral College, Beech­worth Sec­ondary School, Borinya and Mount Beauty Sec­ondary College had the chance to speak up about is­sues im­por­tant to them that could be im­proved or re­solved in the fu­ture.

Top­ics that were brought up in­cluded renewable en­ergy, pub­lic trans­port, costs of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, lack of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion op­tions in Wan­garatta, lack of re­sources to com­pete with Mel­bourne schools, ac­cess to med­i­cal ser­vices, hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity and em­ploy­ment.

Wan­garatta High School stu­dent Isaac Tay­lor said it was a great op- por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to have their opin­ions heard and that hope­fully there are more op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.

“My con­cern is in re­gards to re­cy­cling in Wan­garatta, which ties in with Cathy’s renewable en­ergy topic, I think we need to start look­ing out for our fu­ture, and as youth, we can have our voices heard at events like this,” he said.

“I was hop­ing for more youth ori­en­tated things in the bud­get, more fund­ing for uni­ver­sity and other ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.”

Wan­garatta Youth Coun­cil deputy mayor Naomi Luhan said her big­gest con­cern was pub­lic trans­port.

“It’s not re­li­able, and es­pe­cially for peo­ple liv­ing out of Wan­garatta, it’s hard to get from A to B,” she said.

“Some friends of mine only have two avail­able buses on week­ends, one at 6am and the other at 11pm, so there are not a lot of op­tions for a lot of peo­ple.

“I think Cathy did a great job to­day, she asked us what can she do in the fu­ture and I def­i­nitely think we need more ses­sions like this for youth to ad­dress the is­sues that will af­fect our fu­ture.”

Cr Ash­lee Fitzpatrick was also in at­ten­dance to sup­port the event and lis­ten to the young peo­ple in Wan­garatta and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“I think it’s a great idea that Cathy or­gan­ises these events, it gets young peo­ple more en­gaged and in­volved in pol­i­tics,” she said.

Ms McGowan said the aim of these youth bud­get break­fasts is to gather feed­back on the bud­get so she can fully rep­re­sent her com­mu­nity.

“My job is to rep­re­sent my com­mu­nity in Can­berra, and now that the gov­ern­ment has brought the bud­get I’m col­lect­ing the views of the peo­ple of Indi in or­der to tell the Prime Min­is­ter what they think,” she said.

“It’s im­por­tant for young peo­ple to give their thoughts on the bud­get, and af­ter these talks that I’ve done in Wodonga, Mans­field and Wan­garatta, I have great con­fi­dence that when I make my bud­get speech I am ac­tu­ally rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple in my elec­torate.”

Ms McGowan will be hav­ing the last bud­get break­fast this morn­ing in Be­nalla, af­ter which a to­tal of over 100 young peo­ple will have spo­ken to her about their views on the bud­get.

GALEN Catholic College stu­dent Jacob Motha was awarded a Pre­mier’s VCE Study Award last Tues­day for his score of 50 in VET Engi­neer­ing.

The 18 year old com­pleted the VCE class in 2017, which was es­sen­tially a cer­tifi­cate II in engi­neer­ing.

The course touched on ba­sic engi­neer­ing, sym­bols and meta­lan­guage of engi­neer­ing, safety re­quire­ments, build­ing, fab­ri­cat­ing, and de­sign­ing.

“It was a great class, good en­vi­ron­ment, very hands on and it was good to work with ma­chin­ery,” he said.

“Engi­neer­ing is def­i­nitely an op­tion for a ca­reer, whether it’s me­chan­i­cal or chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing, but I’m also look­ing at vet­eri­nar­ian.”

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