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Gympie teen takes youth issues to parliament

OUR VOICE: Southside’s Elise Forward, from Cooloola Christian College, will represent the young people of Gympie electorate at this year’s YMCA Youth Parliament in Brisbane.
OUR VOICE: Southside’s Elise Forward, from Cooloola Christian College, will represent the young people of Gympie electorate at this year’s YMCA Youth Parliament in Brisbane.

THREE young Queenslanders, including Gympie high school student Elise Forward, will spend this weekend learning how to represent the youth of Gympie region.

They will attend a Brisbane camp to learn how to take the concerns of young people to the state parliament.

Elise, from Southside, will represent the portion of the region that falls within the Gympie electorate.

She will be working with Maryborough electorate youth representative Charlee Howard-Osborne (representing northern districts from Curra to Tiaro) and Callide's Logan Muller (whose area includes the region's western area from Bells Bridge to Goomeri).

This week, Elise met Gympie MP Tony Perrett, who wished her the best on her journey of discovery.

"We'll be attending Parliament House for the training, learning about parliamentary processes," she said.

The Cooloola Christian College student and her colleagues will have the chance to put all this into practice during the September school holidays, when the YMCA Youth Parliament will meet, in the real parliamentary chamber, to pass 'legislation'.

There will be draft laws, or Bills, from a range of committees, including the health and sport committee, of which Elise is a member.

Ultimately, the 'Bills' (or draft laws) which they adopt will be discussed by the state's most powerful body, the Queensland Parliament.

Ms Muller comes from Moura and attends Rockhampton Girls Grammar.

Ms Howard-Osborne attends Aldridge State High School, in Maryborough.

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