Local voices have had their say at Victoria’s Youth Parliament.
Seven young people from Boroondara have had their voices heard at the 2022 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament, as their Effective E-Waste Management Bill was debated, passed and referred to the Victorian Government for consideration.
Zac Chu, Ravin Desai, Patrick Homes, Ananaya Mittal, Angelo von Moller, Alan Wang and Rhea Werner took part in the Youth Parliament, a program that gives young people an opportunity to present at the highest levels of the Victorian Government. It is operated by YMCA Youth Services and supported by Council officers in the Boroondara Youth team.
Through the program, young people aged 16 to 25 can share their views on issues relevant to them. They also receive training in public speaking and leadership as they research topics they are passionate about.
Patrick said Youth Parliament was an “incredible program” that allowed him to develop his public-speaking skills, connect with like-minded people, and actually sit in the Victorian Parliament.
“It was also extremely inspiring to see the passion of the other youth and their extensive work in advocating for their ideas. Being able to develop an idea ... into a bill, and then debate and pass that bill, is an experience I will never forget,” he said.
The team agreed that e-waste (discarded electrical products) was a state issue that could impact future generations.
Their recommendations included a centralised e-waste management service, new protocols for government departments to recycle effectively, tracking of e-waste products, and public education to reduce e-waste.
They presented their Effective E-waste Management Bill in the Victorian parliamentary chamber on 30 June, with Council officers in attendance.
The bill was passed by the Youth Parliament, and approved by the Youth Governor, and will now be referred to the Victorian Government for consideration. More than 30 Youth Parliament bills have gone on to become Victorian legislation.