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Ministers praise Ellenbrook youth for forum response

THE Ellenbrook youth forum provided a valuable opportunity for young people to share their thoughts and ideas with the Premier and other state government ministers, according to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.

“Many who attended were preparing for the move from high school into higher education or training – and it is always so important to hear those reflections from young people as they advance through the system,’’ she said.

“I thank everyone who attended and hope that it was as valuable for the young people of Ellenbrook as it was for I and my colleagues.”

Youth Minister Peter Tinley said the youth forum was held at Ellenbrook Secondary College on Monday, November 19.

“I have attended many youth forums across the state, meeting more than 1000 young people along the way who have been more than willing to express their views to me personally,’’ he said. 

“I am always amazed at the level of engagement demonstrated by young people at such forums.

“The Ellenbrook forum canvassed a wide range of issues and I heard many views expressed about issues such as education, workplace training, employment opportunities, access to youth services, bullying, social media and sport and recreation.

“I and others listened carefully and greatly appreciated the input of all those who participated. 

“Their feedback is an important part in the ongoing conversation about how best to improve the life and opportunities of all young Western Australians.”

Mr Tinley said he was always keen to hear what mattered to young Western Australians and to communicate their concerns, interests and aspirations to his colleagues in government. 

“On my appointment as Youth Minister I established the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council – a group of 16 young people from across the State who represent the view of their peers and have a direct line of communication to government through their regular meetings with me.’’

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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