April 17, 2018
Maidenwell student Belinda Spencer has been selected to represent the Nanango Electorate at the 2018 YMCA Youth Parliament.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington met with Belinda recently to share some insights into the role of State Parliament and the upcoming YMCA Youth Parliament.
“Belinda is passionate about key issues which affect people in regional areas including NBN access, the environment, problems associated with distance and biosecurity requirements on farms,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“I know that she is an active member in the community and has applied for this role to help her learn skills that will encourage change in our region.”
Belinda is a Year 11 Student at Nanango State High School.
She will join more than 90 young people aged 15 to 25, who have each been selected to represent their electorates, to debate issues facing our youth and develop legislation that they will debate later in the year.
The Youth Parliament program kicks off this week with a forum from April 20-22 in Brisbane, including a formal launch at Parliament House.
“These types of opportunities are so important for our young people so we can encourage them to get involved and learn more about how they can initiate change to tackle issues and help improve our communities,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“All Youth Members are involved in committee meetings, mentoring, training and research to help produce the Bills to be debated at Parliament House during the residential week from September 23-29.
“Youth Parliament teaches young people about the government decision-making process, while providing an excellent leadership opportunity for students like Belinda who may one day become our future decision makers.”