An Upper Hunter student needs your help to tackle the issue of housing affordability.
16-year-old Scone Grammar School student Sam Barry is representing the Upper Hunter Youth Council and youth from throughout the Upper Hunter LGA at the 2021 YMCA NSW Youth Parliament Program.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to take part in the program, and I would like to thank Upper Hunter Shire Council for supporting me during the program,” Sam Barry said.
“While taking place in the Youth Parliament I was placed into a Rural and Regional Affairs committee which is writing a Bill in regards to access and affordability of housing in the Upper Hunter, Quirindi and Singleton regions,”
“The topic our committee is pursuing is the housing crisis facing our area. Our committee meets weekly over zoom to discuss this bill topic and everything we want in the new legislation. When the Bill is finalised and passed through the Youth Parliament there is an opportunity for it to pass through both houses of the real NSW parliament,”
“Because of this, I am asking for community feedback on your experience with the need in our Shire for crisis housing, affordable accommodation and accessible housing.”
Upper Hunter Shire Council Youth Worker, Vanessa Whitten, said the Youth Parliament Program provides a platform for young people to have their voice heard through legislative debate and decision-making.
“The program provides a space where young people can speak on issues which are important to them, all while learning how the legislative process works, building their confidence and teamwork skills,” Vanessa Whitten said.
Sam will return to NSW State Parliament in the July holidays, debating the bill as a full house in parliament.
Image credit: Upper Hunter Shire Council