Moyne Youth Parliament

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Ever wanted to stand up and be heard seriously? 

Moyne Shire Council is looking for its next six Youth Parliamentarians to shake the status quo and make a difference. 

Youth Parliament at a Glance

The Victorian Youth Parliament supports young people to speak up and be heard about issues they are passionate about. In a team of six, Youth Parliamentarians will be supported in writing a Bill addressing a state-based issue that they would like to see changed or added into Victorian legislation. Bills will be introduced into Youth Parliament, debated and voted upon during the sitting week held in the chambers of Parliament House, Victoria. Bills are passed by the Youth Parliament and given the assent of the Youth Governor, before being passed onto the State Government for consideration.
 

In addition to debates, Youth Parliamentarians will participate in a range of personal and professional development sessions during residential camps. Residential camps will also provide Youth Parliamentarians space to engage in the community of changemakers coming together from across the state to participate in the program. 

All program costs including accommodation and transport to the residential camp and youth parliament week will be covered by Moyne Shire Council as part of Engage! 

Commitment Required

  • Available to attend a minimum of four x 1 hour workshops (via zoom) to develop the Bill
  • Some individual prep work at home
  • Able to attend a weekend residential camp
  • Able to attend Parliament (5 days in the school holidays)

Key Dates

What: Compulsory Youth Parliament Training Weekend, Residential Camp
When: Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May, 2022
Where: Lake Dewar Lodge YMCA, Myrniong

What: Week of Youth Parliament (Sitting Days 27, 28 and 29 June, 2022)
Where: Parliament House, Melbourne

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest are now open and close Friday 21st January 2022. 

Click here to Apply Now

If you have any questions please contact Bec Elmes at becelmes@moyne.vic.gov.au

Meet Your 2021 Youth Parliamentarians!

Sarah Fenton, Woolsthorpe

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Why did you decide to join the Youth Parliament team?

Because it seemed like a very fun, practical way for me to learn more about politics and how our political system worked, whilst also meeting other young people within the area who are passionate about similar things I am.

What issues are important to you?

Access to arts and entertainment in regional areas and conservation of our environment.

What does a better Moyne look like to you?

A place which continues to adapt and grow, with early adoptions of environmental and community practices. 

Tell us three things we might not know about you:

1. My dogs name is Mash Potato

2. I have a degree in Entertainment Business Management

3. I have a national gold medal for rowing

Jordi Walsh

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Why did you decide to join the Youth Parliament team?

I have an interest in politics

What issues are important to you?

Transportation, water restrictions and net neutrality 

Nina Fitzsimmons, Port Fairy

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Why did you decide to join the Youth Parliament team?

To try something new and participate in my community.

What issues are important to you?

Mental health, disability advocacy and climate change.

What does a better Moyne look like to you?

To me, a better Moyne Shire is where everyone feels accepted and safe. 

Tell us three things we might not know about you:

I enjoy arts and crafts, reading and going to the beach.

Michael Killen, Wangoom

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Why did you decide to join the Youth Parliament team?

Because I have a great passion for the writing of legislation and being able to communicate issues that are important to me in an official way that highlights their significance to figures in Parliament.

What issues are important to you?

Climate related issues including the reduction of carbon emissions and promotion of regenerative agriculture, mental health and accessibility of support services, and the empowerment of young people.

What does a better Moyne look like to you?

A place that celebrates the diversity of its residents from a variety of different geographical areas, transcending distance to create a vibrant and connected community for all ages.

Tell us three things we might not know about you:

1. I am currently a psychology student at Deakin University

2. I have a passion for reading and writing

3. I regularly participate in a range of leadership activities, from Youth Parliament and the 2040 Community Vision Panel to youth council related programs such as Youth Awards.

Jordy Gray, Mortlake

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Why did you decide to join the Youth Parliament team?

To advocate for the passions and perspectives of the youth from our area.

What issues are important to you?

Issues that I personally believe are very important are issues regarding the environment, as well as issues regarding human right and social inequities. 

What does a better Moyne look like to you?

To me a better Moyne, has more representation of the people whether that be through small committees or continuous community engagement projects, to enable all people within the broad, diverse community to put forth their beliefs and opinions on community planning, etc.

Tell us three things we might not know about you:

I finished high school last year.

I am very passionate about environmental and social justice issues.

When I finish my gap year I plan to study occupational therapy.

Ezrah Walsh