Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello said the diversity of NSW’s population is reflected in the new 2013 NSW Youth Advisory Council – the voice for young people across the State.
Mr Dominello, who is responsible for Youth Affairs, said the 12-member NSW Youth Advisory Council makes an important contribution to the NSW Government’s work and the way it delivers services to young people in NSW.
“Close to 200 nominations for Council membership were received from young people of all ages and cultural backgrounds throughout regional and metropolitan NSW.
“This year’s Council members bring with them a wide range of life experiences – be it as a student, worker, volunteer and children of immigrants.
“The Council reflects the diversity of our State and includes a young Aboriginal woman, a woman born in India and a woman whose parents are Afghan refugees.”
The seven new members will shortly join five continuing members appointed to the 2013 NSW Youth Advisory Council, providing a balance between new and experienced membership.
“The one thing all Council members have in common is a demonstrated desire to take action for positive change in their communities,” Mr Dominello said.
“The NSW Government is privileged to be able to tap into the first hand experiences of these young people who in so many different ways participate in today’s highly diverse society.
“Their unique insights, views and advice will assist in the development of youth-related policies and programs.”
The seven new members of the NSW Youth Advisory Council for the next 12 months are:
- Ms Astha Rajvanshi from West Pennant Hills, age 21 (Chair)
- Mr Piero Craney, Wyoming, 18
- Ms Gina Zheng, Eastwood, 16
- Ms Teleria Milson, Dubbo, 16
- Ms Kayla Lochner, Randwick, 18
- Mr Jesse Hanna, Bexley, 20
- Mr Jake Green, Thirroul, 17