19 January 2011

Watch out Thomas George! Lismore has two new youth representatives in NSW state politics this year with local Richmond River High School student, Lauren Bryant and Kadina High student, Brendan Pearce, selected for the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament 2011.

Lauren and Brendan were two of only 110 individuals selected state wide to take part in this prestigious program that provides young people between the ages of 15 and 18 with the opportunity to voice their opinions on issues that are important to them and their local communities. This year will mark the 10th year anniversary of the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament, an apolitical program, and is expected to be the biggest and best yet!

The program received well over 140 applications from all across NSW with 110 young people selected, representing 70 electorates from both metropolitan and regional areas.

Member for Lismore, Mr George is delighted that his younger constituents will be represented in the NSW Parliament later this year.

“It’s fantastic to see such enthusiasm from the local Lismore youth community”. Mr George said.

“I have no doubt that Lauren and Brendan will act with the best interests of Lismore at heart and produce a bill that will be recognised by the current Government” Mr George said.

Both Lismore Youth Representatives are ready to represent Lismore and take on fellow youth MP’s in the Bear Pitt of NSW Parliament House.

The youth MPs have been divided into committees to create bills on the important issues within their portfolio. This year there are ten committees, representing the most important and topical issues facing the state. Lauren is a member of the committee investigating Ethnic Affairs and Citizenship and Brendan is a member of the committee investigating Health & Medical Research.

“I’ve got some big shoes to fill in representing Lismore, but I’m ready to tackle the issues I’m really passionate about” Lauren said.

“I’m excited to be a representative for Lismore as well as be a part of the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament program! It accurately reflects the NSW State Parliament with ministers and shadow ministers, question time and ministerial statements; and we’ll get a taste of what MPs like Mr George do!” Brendan said.

Once bills have been finalised, the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament will convene for a week in July. Youth Parliamentarians will debate their bills in NSW Parliament House where the bill will be presided by a NSW Members of Parliament. At the end of the week, passed bills are presented to representatives from both the Government and Opposition.

The Youth Parliamentarians encourage local young people to contact them through the YMCA’s Youth Parliament Coordinator, Annie Lam, if they have any issues that they believe should be raised in Parliament


For more information, photo and interview opportunities contact: Annie Lam, Youth Parliament Coordinator cc or (02) 9633 8233

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

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