Media Release: Members Of 2019 Victorian Youth Congress Revealed

Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams today inducted 19 motivated and talented young people from across Victoria into the Andrews Labor Government’s second Victorian Youth Congress.

Victorian Youth Congress members will discuss issues affecting young Victorians with Labor Government Ministers, advising on areas of concern and shaping government policies, programs and services. 

The Youth Congress members for 2019 include young people from Aboriginal, LGBTI and culturally diverse backgrounds, as well as young people living with a disability. 

The advisory group of young people are aged between 13 and 24 and hail from both Melbourne and regional Victoria. Ms Williams congratulated them as they gathered to meet for the first time today.

The new Victorian Youth Congress will build on the success of last year’s inaugural Youth Congress, which focused on youth mental health and wellbeing. 

The names of Congress members can be found on the following page. For more information visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au 

2019 Victorian Youth Congress Members

  • Alistair Portaminni Lynch – Bonbeach
  • Azraf Ezaz – Mount Waverley
  • Bri Hines – Myrtleford
  • Catherine Dunn – Heathmont
  • Charli Ogden – Leongatha South
  • Cordelia Attenborough – Clayton
  • Daniel Etzion – Hawthorn East
  • Eksath Bhareti – Templestowe Lower
  • Harini Kasthuriarachchi – Croydon
  • Heather Shieh – Glen Waverley
  • Jack Smith – Mildura
  • Kergen Angel – North Melbourne
  • Lachlan Houen – Armstrong Creek
  • Lily Trethowan – Plumpton
  • Nicole Comelli – Keilor Downs
  • Otis Heffernan-Wooden – Montrose
  • Shakur Abdi – Lyndhurst
  • Tessa Jenkins – Moe South
  • Yusra Hasan – Tarneit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams

“I’m really excited to meet these talented and inspiring young people who are so committed to making life better for young people in Victoria.”

“Youth Congress members will provide advice to the Government on key issues affecting young people over the next 12 months – their thoughts and opinions will create change for the better.”

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