Note from the editor: The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is a Queensland Studies Authority accredited education program for young Queenslanders and 2011 YMCA QYP members will officially be sworn in on Saturday 16th April during the weekend-long Forum in Brisbane. We’ve been asking the local representatives to tell you a bit about themselves via a guest post.
Guest post by Bella Vecchio
It’s my second year as a participant in the Queensland Youth Parliament – an amazing program giving voice to the youth members of society. Currently, I am in Year 12 at Somerville House and enjoy being occupied. I debate, play in both orchestra and band, sing in choir, waitress, take singing lessons, do a university subject at QUT and am house captain. I found that QYP was a way to improve socially and as a public speaker, being an invaluable opportunity to have a voice and a say in improving the future of our respective communities.
My electorate of ‘Bulimba’ is a rapidly growing area of Brisbane, dealing with many issues of housing and area improvements. These include, the protection and preservation of character buildings, affordability of housing, traffic and associated congestion implications, increasingly rare on-street parking, encouraging the use of public transport facilities, “street tree planting” (an initiative of the Brisbane City Council) and is also concerned with the maintenance and improvements to existing and future public spaces. Feeling passionate about environmental issues, I am driven to focus most prominently on traffic problems and associated implications of congestion and availability of ‘greenspace’, two issues which I feel will benefit and improve the community as a whole.
I hope I can adequately communicate the wishes of Bulimba residents whilst in Parliament to improve our community. Ultimately, I dream big, hoping to be a foreign correspondent for CNN or Sky News following in the footsteps of wonderful women such as Christiane Amanpour and Hannah Thomas-Peter. Whilst we may be young, QYP teaches us that we all have the tools to make a difference and partaking in such a program improves our knowledge of parliamentary procedures and also our own self-confidence. QYP plays a major role in encouraging young people to pursue our dreams and stand up for what we believe.