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Gannawarra Youth Leaders Rock Parliament House

1 July 2015

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains enjoyed the opportunity to

welcome the Gannawarra Future Leaders Youth Forum to State Parliament this week.

“I had the pleasure of meeting a group of outstanding young  people from my

Electorate,”  Mr Walsh said.

The Gannawarra Future Leaders Youth Council was at Parliament House to participate in Youth Parliament.

“The team members were involved in an MPI (Matter of Public Importance) debate, and they also presented strong arguments to a Bill calling for increased conditions of parole for violent offenders and  made contributions to the Adjournment Debate.

“The strength of the team was acknowledged with their leader Mikayla Penrose being elected as a Chamber Leader – a tangible recognition of her strong leadership skills,” Mr Walsh said.

The Youth Council is a Gannawarra Shire Council initiative which has been in operation since  2008.

It aims to bring Gannawarra youth to the table as active and progressive participants around  youth issues in the shire and beyond. 

One of the key local initiatives that has evolved from the Youth Forum is the new skate park and impressive development  of Atkinson Park Kerang.

 “The young people come up with great ideas and give me a fresh focus to work towards,” Mr Walsh said.

“I am very proud of the group that came to Melbourne and I look forward to working with

 them in the future to further develop their leadership skills.

“From what I witnessed on Monday, Gannawarra is in very safe hands,” he said.



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