NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR YOUTH PARLIAMENT

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR YOUTH PARLIAMENT 8 September 2010

Thomas George, Nationals’ Member for Lismore, has called for nominations for the 2011 YMCA NSW Youth Parliament, a highly prestigious annual forum for young people to learn about participating in the parliamentary process.

Mr George encouraged any young person from the Lismore electorate who wanted to be a Youth Parliamentarian to nominate.

“Youth Parliament is one of the longest-running and most successful YMCA youth programs in Australia, with 2011 marking the 10th anniversary of Youth Parliament,” Mr George said.

“Nominations are open for 15 to 18-year-olds (inclusive as of April 2011), currently at high school in NSW and who are passionate about youth issues, politics and/or social change.

“Youth Parliament is also a great opportunity for you to develop skills in leadership, public speaking, debating and teamwork.

“If you are passionate about making change in New South Wales, you will be the voice of young people in your electorate, advising New South Wales politicians and decision-makers on matters affecting young people.

Nominations for the Youth Parliament run from the 1 September 2010 til 29 October 2010.

“There is a lot of time to be dedicated to the program and the student must be able to undertake the time commitment of being a Youth MP. The program involves a 3-day training camp in April, ongoing work on Youth Parliament activities and a weeklong Residential Camp in the July School Holidays.

“The Member of Parliament has the opportunity to nominate a young person from their electorate to attend the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament. If you are, or you know of, a young person interested in being involved in Youth Parliament, you need to register your or their interest with your local Member.”

Nomination form packages are available by contacting the Lismore Electorate Office on (02) 6621 3624.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577