Sandgate’s 2018 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament representative has been selected. Thomas Stephen of Taigum.
Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, took the opportunity to congratulate Thomas, on becoming one of 93 young leaders selected for this year’s Youth Parliament.
“Having known Thomas for quite some time, I know he is passionate and committed to local issues”, Mr Hinchliffe said.
“These are qualities important to encourage in future leaders.
“Through this excellent programme, Thomas has the opportunity to be the voice of young people in our electorate and to provide knowledge and insights to politicians and decision-makers.”
Organised for youth, by youth, the programme brings participants from around Queensland together in Brisbane in April to form committees and discuss ideas, and again in September for a residential programme and the opportunity to debate their Bills at Parliament House.
In the September session, the Youth Members take over the Legislative Assembly Chamber, presenting their work over four days with the ultimate goal the passing of their Bill.
Each of Queensland’s 93 state electorates are represented at Parliament by young people aged between 15-25.
“Over a six-month period committees will connect in person, via phone, or internet to draft their Bills, and design and implement community action plans,” Thomas explained.
“It will be very exciting to see this work culminate in Parliament House and see which Bills get passed.
Each year, the Queensland Government provides more than $65,000 per annum to the YMCA to run this programme.
For more information on the 2018 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament visit www.ymcaqyp.org.au.