The Queensland Government is putting the call out for young people in Mount Isa and North West Queensland to share what matters to them,
The youth affairs minister Meaghan Scanlan will be at a special Speak Out event in Mount Isa on Tuesday, September 21.
Ms Scanlon said the forum would build on the popularity of similar sessions held in Cairns and Rockhampton earlier this year and young people in the region are invited to attend the Mount Isa PCYC from 10.30am to 1pm to talk about the opportunities and challenges they face, particularly in the face of COVID-19.
"Young people deserve a seat at the table, in shaping their region and our state's future," Minister Scanlon said.
"The issues that matter to young people in North West Queensland are different to the issues that matter to youth in Cairns, central Queensland and the south east - and I want to hear about it."
The event comes off the back of announcements by the government to continue free TAFE for under-25s, as well as another $320 million in the budget for the popular Skilling Queenslanders for Work program to help jump-start Queensland's COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
Ms Scanlon said they have seen what can happen when government collaborates directly with young people.
"At Cloncurry State School, we're delivering a $500,000 upgrade to welding and metal work facilities, because that's what the community told us they needed," she said.
The event will be open to young people aged 15 to 25-years-old, and will be split into three sessions around what matters to young people, how the government can continue to protect the environment, and what issues young people think matters to their community.
"Whether it's jobs, education, health, sport, consent or any matter - this is the chance to speak directly with the government," Minister Scanlon said.
"Queensland's economic recovery will be driven by young Queenslanders. And it's our government's job to back them, to make sure they have the access they need to a good education, skills, housing and the vital services they need."
Mount Isa Mayor Danielle Slade said this was an ideal opportunity for young people in Mount Isa to speak one on one with a state government minister.
"I encourage anyone who is interested in speaking up and letting Minister Scanlon know about issues that matter to them to come along to this session," Cr Slade said.
To register head here.
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