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Students call for increased funding

By: Jay Gardiner

Category: Partnerships

  5.18 PM 15 July, 2014

Location: District 2 News

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Castlemaine Secondary College students call for increased support to rural and regional emergency service volunteers. 

Five students from Castlemaine Secondary College will take to the chambers of parliament this July as part of the 28th annual YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament. The students have written and will be debating a proposed piece of legislation entitled ‘Increased support to rural and regional emergency service volunteers’.

"This bill is important to us as we believe rural and regional emergency volunteers do not have the recognition and support they need,” said team members Alexandra Squires and Nicholas West. “With increased support, we believe that these services will be able to better aid communities in times of struggle.”

Alexandra and Nick will be joined by team members Matilda Bell-Wilcock (team leader), Ashley Penrose and Maddie Williams in debating this proposed piece of legislation.

The Castlemaine team is funded by Mount Alexander Shire Council.

The Victorian Youth Parliament provides an opportunity for 120 young Victorians aged between 16-25 years to take over the chambers of parliament to debate issues and ideas they feel passionately about.

All bills passed by the Youth Parliament are given the assent of the Youth Governor and are handed to the minister of Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith MP, who will then pass them to the relevant government ministers for consideration.

“It is a fantastic way for [the Youth of Victoria] to have our voices heard and make a difference in Victorian Parliament,” Matilda Bell-Wilcock said.

Since the program started, more than 25 bills that have passed the Youth Parliament have gone on to become Victorian legislation, including Drug Testing For Drivers, Over-The-Counter Availability Of The Morning-After Pill, and Replacing Glass With Plastics In Nightclubs Notorious For Glass-Related Violence.

Delivered by YMCA Victoria in conjunction with the Office for Youth, the nine-day residential program includes three days of debate in the parliament, as well as an official reception at Government House hosted by Governor Alex Chernov AO QC and his wife Mrs Elizabeth Chernov.


Last Updated: 15 July 2014