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Queensland Government media release

The Palaszczuk Government is calling for nominations to its newly-created Youth Reference Group, who will chart a new direction for Queensland on the issues affecting the state’s young people.

Minister for Youth Shannon Fentiman launched the call for nominations following the release of the Palaszczuk Government’s Youth Strategy.

“Our Youth Strategy is the result of consultation with 1200 young Queenslanders and community organisations who work with young people who overwhelmingly cited job security, access to education, access to housing, good health and protecting the environment as key areas of concern for them,” she said.

“Another consistent message at the forums and during the state-wide consultation process was that governments of all persuasions need to work harder to rebuild trust with young people, who reported feeling left out of the decision-making process.

“This strategy is a clear blueprint for how we can include young people in opportunities and decisions that affect them in Queensland.

“To help us do that, we are calling for eight young Queenslanders aged under 24 to help set the agenda for Queensland youth and help to keep the strategy on track, as a member of the Youth Reference Group.

“Four additional places are open for nomination from youth-focussed community organisations.

“This group will be the voice at the table for young Queenslanders and will make sure State Governments going forward include young people when making decisions that affect them.”

Ms Fentiman thanked the Police Citizens Youth Club Queensland for partnering with the Palaszczuk Government to run the Future Building Forums and online survey that helped to shape the strategy.

Nominations are now open until June 4, 2017.

To nominate, please visit www.qld.gov.au/youth

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