By April Murphy
Young Queenslanders passionate about shaping the future of the state have the opportunity to be heard during a series of powerful youth roundtables.
Hosted by Youth Affairs Minister Meaghan Scanlon, the “Speak Out” events will form part of Queensland Youth Week from April 10 – April 18, 2021.
Three roundtables have been organised for Mossman Gorge, in North Queensland, on April 13, Walkabout Creek, in South East Queensland, on April 14, and Mount Etna Caves National Park, in Central Queensland, on April 16.
Ms Scanlon said the forums would include guided walks or experiences in our beautiful national parks to help get the conversation going.
“I want to hear from young people about the things that matter to them, particularly their ideas about the challenges their local communities face and the future of our society, environment and culture,” Ms Scanlon said.
Ms Scanlan stated that we need young people to take a seat at the table in shaping our future, and Queensland will be a stronger state if we include them in the decision-making process.
Queensland Youth Week (QYW) is an annual celebration of young people aged 12 to 25 and the positive contributions they make to Queensland communities.
Minister Scanlon said Queensland Youth Week is the state’s opportunity to celebrate the youth of Queensland, their achievements and contributions.
“We’ve seen the impact COVID-19 has had on young people, more than any other group, and the strength they have shown as the pandemic severely disrupted their education and employment is a shining example of what they will be able to accomplish in the future,” says Ms Scanlon.
For a complete list of the events, to share your idea on what the future of Queensland should look like or register an event at www.des.qld.gov.au/youthweek.