Peninsula’s youth encouraged to apply for taskforce

2021 Central Coast youth representative, Phoebe Sheridan, speaking at this year’s March for Justice Women’s rally in Gosford

Young people looking to have an impact on the community are encouraged to apply to be part of next year’s Regional Youth Taskforce – a Ministerial advisory group with a direct line into the NSW Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said the taskforce will provide two local students the opportunity to raise issued faced by friends and classmates.

“I’m calling for passionate young Central Coast residents to sign up to the Taskforce as a means of having influence and driving change,” Crouch said.

“It’s easy to apply, simply fill out the form and create a short video on your phone or write a short piece telling us about who you are and what the most important issues impacting you and your peers are.

“This year we had two fantastic representatives in Phoebe Sheridan and Jayden Redfern, and I look forward to working with the Taskforce members for 2022.”

The taskforce will comprise of 18 members, with two members representing each of NSW’s nine regions, and will meet four times throughout the year – either online or in-person.

2021 representative, Phoebe Sheridan, said she loved the opportunity of representing the Central Coast region this year at the taskforce.

“It was great being able to meet so many other passionate young people and hearing their ideas about how we could improve the regions for young people,” she said.

“This whole opportunity has opened so many doors and shown me that young people can make a difference.”

Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch, has urged passionate and engaged young people to consider applying to the program.

“The Regional Youth Taskforce is an opportunity-rich program that provides young people with a platform to shape policy-making in NSW,” Tesch said.

“Members will engage with issues that matter to young people all around regional NSW and collaborate with Government Ministers on how best to address these matters in the interest of young people.”

Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for taskforce members travelling across NSW for meetings.

To be eligible to apply, you must be between 12-24 years old, live in regional NSW and be committed to learning about issues that impact regional NSW.

Applications are open until November 21 at:

Maisy Rae