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Neville calls for nominations for National Young Farmers forum.

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Neville Calls for Nominations for National Young Farmers Forum Thursday, 16 June 2005

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville has called for nominations from young rural people interested in playing a role in developing strategies for a progressive future for rural industries and communities. Mr Neville said about 100 young rural people would be selected to take part in the National Young Farmers Forum to be held in Canberra on 1-2 September, 2005. “The Government is seeking nominations for people aged 18-35, who are involved in Australia’s agricultural, fishing and forest industries, to help develop strategies to respond to the issues they face now and in the future,” he said. “This is a unique opportunity for young rural Australians to develop action pathways to foster the contributions they can make to their diverse rural industries and communities. “By becoming involved, participants will be able to discuss the key opportunities and barriers that exist in their industries, and identify strategies to respond to them. “We are looking for delegates who will come up with clear initiatives they can take home with them to drive policy and actions at local, industry and government levels. “The forum will support the development of partnerships between business, community, government and young rural people in promoting profitable, sustainable and competitive rural industries.” Mr Neville said research by his department had found young Australians wanted to become more involved in their industries, but many believed they lacked the skills to make an effective contribution. “The forum will tap the enthusiasm of young rural Australians and provide participants with greater skills to contribute to regional Australia. It will also help establish a national rural youth council, an advisory body to government that will keep the strategies on track.” Mr Neville said the National Young Farmers Forum was one of several initiatives under the Australian Government's Young People in Rural Industries Program. “Others include the Young Rural Leaders Course, the Young People's Rural Development Awards Corporate Governance Scholarships, the Export Market Development Training Course and the Mentoring Young Leaders initiative,” he said. “An initiative like this is a practical and tangible way for young rural people to build and strengthen networks with each other and within industry, while developing their professional and personal skills.” Forum details are available through the Young Australian Rural Network website at