TWEED YOUTH ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE NSW YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL Are you aged between 12 and 24 interested in what happens, not only in Tweed but in all of NSW? Do you think young people should have more input into decision-making by the NSW Government? The NSW Youth Advisory Council is currently seeking members from diverse locations, and with different backgrounds and life experiences, Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, is encouraging young people in Tweed to apply to represent local youth and have a say on issues important to our community. “The NSW Youth Advisory Council has a statutory role to advise the NSW Government on issues of importance to young people, as well as to monitor and evaluate youth-related policies and legislation,” Mr Provest said. “The feedback received from the Council plays an important role in assisting the NSW Government develop programs that will be effective.” 2017 Youth Advisory Council Chair, Declan Drake, found it rewarding to represent his peers. “I’ve learned a great deal, but also genuinely feel I’ve had the opportunity to engage with matters I consider important to my generation,” Mr Drake said. One of the key roles of the Youth Advisory Council is to provide advice to the Advocate for Children and Young People, Andrew Johnson. “The advice of the 2017 Youth Advisory Council has been instrumental to our work throughout the year. The Council also met with various NSW Government Departments, such as NSW Health, Multicultural NSW and NESA and helped organise events such as IDEATION 2017 and Youth Week. “I urge young people to put their hand up to be the next NSW YAC leaders,” Mr Johnson said. For more information and application forms please visit the Advocate for Children and Young People’s website www.acyp.nsw.gov.au or by call (02) 9248 0970. Please note that applications close at 11.59pm on Saturday 30 September 2017.