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Local MP encourages facebook dialouge with NSW Government

Liberal Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres is encouraging young people in Penrith to go online to have their say on how the NSW Government should prioritise funding for youth programs.

NSW residents aged 13 to 25 are can write on the NSW Youth Advisory Council’s Facebook page between 3 and 17 August with comments and suggestions on what kind of projects, programs and services they want to see supported in their local communities.

\”Social media tools such as facebook and twitter are a great way to reach out to younger people in our community to hear their views.\” Mr Ayres said today.

\”Barry O’Farrell leads a government where we local MPs and decision makers are expected to use all the available means to consult with younger people and he leads by example as an avid user of Twitter.\”

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello MP said the Facebook forum is part of the NSW Government’s review of the Better Futures program.

“The NSW Government is reviewing a key funding program for the youth sector and we want to hear directly from the people it affects most,” Minister Dominello said.

“The Youth Advisory Council’s Facebook page makes it easy for young people to tell us how they participate in their community and how the Government can help.

“Maybe they’d like more access to evening and weekend social activities, safe places to hang out with friends, or support to make the transition from school to the workforce?

“This is a great opportunity for young people from across NSW to make their voices heard.”

For more information and web links to the Facebook page and youth sector online discussion, please visit


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