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Two Central West youth selected for National Youth Roundtable.



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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW www.sandymacdonald.com.au 18 February 2004

Two Central West youth selected for National Youth Roundtable

Two young Central West residents have been selected for the 2004 National Youth Roundtable, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“Ben Cooper (17) from Bathurst and Dane Garrood (19) from Tallwood will be part of a 50-strong delegation which will travel to Canberra twice this year to meet with Members, Senators and Ministers of the Australian Government,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Both Ben and Dane have been chosen primarily because of their involvement in the community and their ability to find out what other young people in the region think about youth issues,” he said.

• Ben Cooper (17) is a student at St Stanislaus’ College (Bathurst) and also works part-time as a bakers assistant. Ben is interested in reconciliation, improving opportunities for rural and regional young Australians, particularly in the field of performing arts, and partnerships between rural and urban schools.

• Dane Garrood (19) from Tallwood (Milthorpe district), is studying Commerce and Business Law at the University of New South Wales and is interested in investigating the intra-generational inequality between rural and metropolitan populations, the educational disadvantages of country school students, and youth alcohol and drug abuse.

Through the Youth Roundtable, members will work in groups on a project aimed at creating greater opportunities for young Australians. This will involve consulting with their local community and reporting back to the Government on the findings.

Members of Parliament will then refer back to the report when making decisions affecting young people.

“The Roundtable members will attend meetings with a variety of Government officials, including the Governor-General and senior Government Ministers,” Senator Macdonald said.

The National Youth Roundtable was established by the Australian Government in 1999 to give young Australians aged 15-24 the opportunity to speak directly with Members of Parliament about the issues that matter to them.

Meetings of the National Youth Roundtable 2004 will take place in Canberra in March and September.

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