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Cowra Local Advocates For Regional Youth At First Taskforce

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

IMAGE: Poppy Starr with Member For Cootamundra Steph Cooke.

Cowra’s Poppy Starr was part of the Regional Youth Taskforce that met for the first time in Tamworth recently to discuss issues important to regional youth.

The 18-member taskforce was created to help shape a brighter future for young people right across regional NSW. Miss Starr said she was excited to collaborate with peers and members of the NSW Government to bring about change for young people in the regions.

“The first meeting was great. I learnt a lot about connectivity in the different regions and ideas for my region,” Miss Starr said.

“The pillar for the first meeting was connectivity and my group focused on bringing more youth events into the area because my area has very little of them which was really important for me to address.”

Member For Cootamundra Steph Cooke was thrilled to see Poppy on the taskforce. “Our region is fortunate to have had strong representation on the Regional Youth Taskforce over the years,” Ms Cooke said.

“I am delighted our very own Poppy Starr from Cowra is on board this year to advocate for youth in our region.”

Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said the discussion marked the first of four official meetings this year, where the 18 members from across regional NSW will examine topics that are important to them.

“There’s no better way to be informed on the issues that matter to young people in regional and rural NSW than to hear directly from this exceptional group of young people,” Mr Franklin said.

“In their role, Taskforce members will hone their skills in driving policy change, advocate for real outcomes for young people, and provide a voice for regional youth within the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government.

“The meeting was an incredible opportunity for young people to come together and discuss the impact of connectivity on the lives of regional youth.”

For more information on the Regional Youth Taskforce, visit

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