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SPEAKING UP: YOUTH CONSULTATIONS IN MONARO
Monday, 23 July 2018
Member for Monaro John Barilaro today met with children and young people at the Cooma Youth Hub to discuss better options for youth in regional NSW.
Today’s discussion is one of around 30 consultation sessions the NSW Government, in collaboration with the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) is undertaking across regional NSW between 23 July and 3 August 2018.
Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government is aware of the challenges too often faced by young people in rural and remote areas and the consultations are the vital first step in helping to shape new policy options.
“We see huge opportunities to improve outcomes for young people here in the Monaro and in regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Thanks to the young people who gave us their time and their honest and open feedback today to help improve the lives of their peers across the state.
“There are some complex challenges on the table, that’s why we are investing the time now to get the in-depth analysis and valuable face-to-face feedback we need to deliver appropriate and effective solutions.”
Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government has long prioritised opportunities for young people, having established the NSW Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People in 2014.
“The NSW Government is focused on outcomes for our regional communities and for our young people,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This year we introduced 100,000 free apprenticeships for young people and in April we committed an extra $13.9 million to provide 24/7 crisis beds and support for homeless youth – this consultation is an important next step to tackle the tough issues for young people in regional parts of NSW,” he said.
Information gathered directly by ACYP from over 4000 children and young people across regional NSW will compliment these consultation sessions, said NSW Advocate for Children and Young People Andrew Johnson.
“This is another great example of where the NSW Government is listening to the voices of children and young people in NSW to ensure better outcomes,” Mr Johnson said.