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.”