Young people are encouraged to apply to be a part of next year's Regional Youth Taskforce, a Ministerial advocacy group which will have a direct line to government to raise local issues faced by friends and classmates.
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said applications from young people (aged between 12 and 24) who wanted to have a say on the needs of their peers when it comes to regional services and programs, were most welcome.
The Taskforce will be made up of 18 members from nine different NSW regions who will meet regularly with the Minister for Regional Youth and other representatives from NSW Government agencies and cabinet.
"This is the chance for young people in our region heard on local issues, and represent your mates and peers and to help make decisions that drive change in your our communities," Ms Pavey said.
"Between drought, bushfire and COVID-19, the past year has placed significant new pressures on our communities and it is more important than ever the interests of our local youth are appropriately represented."
Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor MLC said the since its formation late last year, the inaugural Regional Youth Taskforce had provided advice and feedback on local issues resulting in immediate action and work undertaken to deliver real improvements.
"It is hard to believe that almost a year has passed since NSW's first Regional Youth Taskforce came together to have a hand in making decisions and create change, but 2021 is around the corner and it's time for more voices to raise fresh ideas," Ms Taylor said.
"In the brief time the 18 members of the 2020 Taskforce have worked together they have fed into youth strategies, made changes to the process for upgrading a P1 driver's license online and advised on a holiday program for families living in drought.
"I want to personally thank each of the outgoing members from the 2020 Taskforce for their passion and commitment to supporting young people in regional NSW."
Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for Regional Youth Taskforce members travelling across NSW for meetings.
To find out more or submit an application visit www.nsw.gov.au/regional-nsw/regional-youth-taskforce
Applications are open until 18 October 2020.