Moyne Youth Parliament

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Youth Parliament gives young leaders a voice to speak on issues that matter to them. The Moyne Youth Parliament is made up of five young people from the south-west region, who generate policy ideas, debate and vote on bills.

During Sitting Week, our Youth Parliamentarians presented a Bill for an Act relating to Sustainable Agriculture Incentives Bill 2021:

A Bill for an Act to establish the Committee for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA); an entity with the complete intent of reducing the negative impact which Victorian agricultural businesses have to our natural environment; through the implementation of a grant and rebate program, alongside campaigns to increase awareness and education on sustainable agricultural practices.

This Bill was created to incentivise Victorian agricultural businesses to adopt and integrate sustainable farming practices. It aims to ensure agricultural businesses have access to education and funding, allowing them to implement these practices and create a more sustainable future for Victorian agriculture.

Bills are passed by the Youth Parliament and given the assent of the Youth Governor, before being passed onto the State Government for consideration.

Meet Your 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

 

 

If you are interested in being part of the 2022 Moyne Shire Youth Parliament team, please contact Bec Elmes at becelmes@moyne.vic.gov.au