Mackay youth member Nikkia Goodall, Mirani youth member Jessie Borg and Whitsunday youth member Dominic McCarthy at the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament Launch Ceremony for the 26th Queensland Youth Parliament at Parliament House on Saturday 10 April, 2021. Picture: Contributed
Mackay youth member Nikkia Goodall, Mirani youth member Jessie Borg and Whitsunday youth member Dominic McCarthy at the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament Launch Ceremony for the 26th Queensland Youth Parliament at Parliament House on Saturday 10 April, 2021. Picture: Contributed

Mackay Whitsunday youth get a taste of being politicians

Three Mackay Whitsunday youth will find out if they have what it takes to become a politician as part of a “unique” Queensland program.

Whitsunday MP Amanda Camm said Nikkia Goodall of Mackay, Jessie Borg of Mirani and Dominic McCarthy from the Whitsundays were chosen for the assembly of the 26th Queensland Youth Parliament.

“I would like to congratulate the three youth members,” Ms Camm said.

“This opportunity allows youth leaders to participate in a six-month program including being part of a committee to propose law reform, participating in community consultations and debating their Bill in a youth parliament.”

Mackay youth member Nikkia Goodall. Picture: Contributed
Mackay youth member Nikkia Goodall. Picture: Contributed

Miss Goodall said taking part in the Youth Parliament was an incredible opportunity and she felt “most excited” and “privileged” to work alongside like-minded youths.

“Also being able to create real change on projects that I’m passionate about and learning what it means to be a politician follow closely behind,” she said.

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Whitsunday youth member Dominic McCarthy. Picture: Contributed
Whitsunday youth member Dominic McCarthy. Picture: Contributed

Mr McCarthy said he was excited to contribute to policy and legislation.

“I am looking forward to participating in the sitting week later in the year where we will debate our bills, vote on motions, and speak on issues of importance,” he said.

“It will be fantastic to engage with other young leaders from across the state who are passionate about politics and government.”

Mirani youth member Jessie Borg. Picture: Contributed
Mirani youth member Jessie Borg. Picture: Contributed

And Miss Borg said she was looking forward to representing her Mirani electorate and the agriculture industry as well as learning about the bill process.

There are 93 young people aged 15 to 25 comprising the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament with the Mackay Whitsunday members travelling down to the Queensland Parliament House at the weekend for the launch ceremony.

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