Sixinspiring young local leaders will represent Mildura in this year’s YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament program.

Mildura Secondary College students Conor Pall, Ella Beard, Aimee Ablett, Tuyen Ngoc Dinh, Emma Pyper and Manosh Roy Singh were selected from an impressive field of candidates for the Mildura team.

The program facilitates representatives from various regions around the state to work together to create a Bill to be debated in Victorian Parliament over three days in September, and is designed to give these young Victorians a chance to be heard at the highest level of government on a range of issues relevant to young peoples’ lives.

Each program participant will receive public speaking and leadership training, and will also spend at least five hours a week working on their Bill and speech-writing ahead of their debate in Parliament.

Councillor for Community Health and Well-being, Cyndi Power described the Mildura team this year as “particularly impressive”.

“There was a very strong response from our region’s youth when we put out the call for expressions of interest earlier this year,” she said.

“The quality as well as the number of applicants was outstanding, making the decision by our Youth Engagement Services team particularly difficult this year.
“This is such an encouraging and positive reflection on the young people in our community.
“It shows they feel strongly about important issues and are willing to stand up and do something to bring about change. We should be very proud of our representative team, and those who sent in expressions of interest.”