A group of 16 young Western Australians now have a voice in State Government decisions, with the creation of a new Ministerial Youth Advisory Council.
Youth Minister Peter Tinley announced in July that he would set up the council as a way to hear directly from a diverse range of people about their concerns. The new group is made up of people aged 15 to 25 years old.
The council's volunteer members have been appointed for a three year term, and include the 2018 Youth Ambassador and Deputy Youth Ambassador for Youth Week WA. David Castelanelli 19, of Dianella, the founder and managing director of Alpha Motivation, is Youth Ambassador while Philippa Bourke 24, of Fremantle, who works for the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, is Deputy Youth Ambassador.
The council co-chairs are Perth Modern School student Ben Caulfield, 16, of Brentwood, and Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia Youth Policy Officer Hayley Thompson, 18, of Highgate.
The other members are:
- Dean Crowley, 16, of Albany
- Charlotte Glance, 20, of West Perth
- Christian Harding, 17, of Dalkeith
- Amanda King, 24, of Rivervale
- Orlagh Latawski, 17, of Attadale
- Caitlin Lucas, 16, of West Busselton
- Lucian Mackie, 21, of Wembley Downs
- Steven Morganti, 22, of Henley Brook
- Bella Ndayikeze, 21, of Koondoola
- Kai Schweizer, 21, of Kingsley
- Treasure Vailala, 19, of South Hedland
- Alexander Wallace, 23, of East Perth