Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is sending the message out to young people across the Cootamundra electorate – you’ve got even more of a chance to be heard.

Applications have been extended for NSW’s first-ever Regional Youth Taskforce, which gives young people a platform to discuss issues which matter to them.

The popularity of the initiative has been so strong that the deadline for submissions has been shifted to allow as many young people as possible to have their say.

Topics such as getting a job, transport, mental health, housing and homelessness are up for discussion, and Ms Cooke is encouraging submissions from all those who wish to make a contribution.

“We would love to hear from young people aged 12 to 24 on the topics which they want to talk about, and we’ve shifted the deadline to August 5 to help make that happen,” Ms Cooke said.

“We want to see applications from everybody. It’s not just about the best and brightest, because firsthand experience is key here and will mean you can tell us what you think will really work for our region and the young people who live here.

“The Taskforce will be made up of 18 members who will meet regularly and provide direct advice to NSW Government agencies, the Office for Regional NSW and Cabinet on state-wide policy decisions and local plans.”

Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor officially opened the taskforce two weeks ago and is encouraged by the responses to date.

“As the first Minister for Regional Youth, I want young people in our regions to know that this is your chance to be heard, to champion your local causes, represent your friends and classmates, and be involved in the decisions that help to create change in your hometown,” Minister Taylor said.

Applications are open to anyone aged 12 to 24 who lives in regional NSW, and travel costs and accommodation will be covered for Regional Youth Taskforce members who need to travel. 

To find out more or submit an application, visit

Applications are open until 11.59pm on August 5, 2019