Taskforce gets underway

The first Regional Youth Taskforce was held earlier this week.Pictures: Supplied

Broken Hill students Abbie Kelly and Campbell Quintrell made their first contributions in the Regional Youth Taskforce recently.

The pair met up with fellow members earlier this week at Dubbo Zoo to discuss important issues affecting young people in regional NSW.

The Taskforce provides policy and operational advice to the NSW Government to advance the needs of young people in ‘the bush.’

Minister for Regional Youth, Ben Franklin, said the talk provided valuable feedback on how the state Government can support regional youth entering the workforce.

“The transition from school to work can be challenging, and it’s important young people are given the opportunity to improve their skills for emerging industries, particularly as the economy bounces back from the impacts of natural disasters and COVID-19,” he said.

“The Regional Youth Taskforce is imperative in ensuring the voices of young people in regional NSW continued to be heard, and there’s no better way for the state Government to be informed on matters affecting young people living in regional and rural NSW than to hear from them directly.”

The meeting was the first of four planned for the year.

The meeting included a workshop with the Jillian Kilby, the founder and CEO of The Exchange, a Dubbo-based social impact innovation organisation that focuses on community and co-working.

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Taskforce members worked with Ms Kilby to look at the challenges facing young people in regional NSW, and a range of solutions were put forward for further consideration.

Minister for Western NSW, Dugald Saunders, said the members discussed topics relating to the four pillars of the Regional Youth Framework.

“The pillars of wellbeing, connectivity, work ready, and community are the core priority areas of the NSW Government to support young people living in the regions,” Mr Saunders said.

“The Regional Youth Taskforce puts young people living in the regions first, and I want to thank the new members for their enthusiasm and commitment to building a better state for regional youth.”

For more information, visit nsw.gov.au/RegionalYouthTaskforce.

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