Members of the 2019 Youth Council on a visit to Parliament House in Melbourne.

YOUNG aspiring leaders living the Macedon Ranges are being called to take part in the Macedon Youth Council 2021.

The youth council will aim to empower young people to play an active role in public life and provides participants with opportunities to build their knowledge of government and the responsibilities a member of Parliament.

The group of leaders will be made up of 12 young members chosen from across the electorate, who will meet five times during the course of the year, learn about the democratic system and how they can participate in the decision-making process.

Participants will also visit Parliament House in Melbourne as part of a program of activities.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas made a commitment as part of her election in 2018 to establish the council.

The program started in 2019 with 13 young people across the electorate chosen to participate.

Some of the issues raised and explored as part of 2019’s council included single-use plastics, youth mental health, renewable energy and the process to Treaty with Aboriginal Victorians.

“Now more than ever, our young people are crying out to have their voices heard. We know that young people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic – and I’m proud to be able to give them a platform to raise issues that are important to them,” Ms Thomas said.

“We’re very lucky to have such talented and motivated young people across our community, and the Macedon Youth Council is an opportunity for our young leaders to network and build their skills.”

Applications close November 23.

“The youth council was such an awesome way to get an insight into how politics and governments really work – and you’ll get to meet some amazing people along the way,” 2019 Macedon Youth Council member Oliver Bagin said.

For more information about the Youth Council and to apply go to: www.mary-annethomas.com.au/campaign/macedon-youth-council-2021.

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