Paige Burton holds free workshop for Fairfield youth

Your voice: Paige Burton has been visiting young people across the country to ask them about what they think are the most important issues for youth today.

Your voice: Paige Burton has been visiting young people across the country to ask them about what they think are the most important issues for youth today.

The Australian Youth Representative to the UN, Paige Burton, has been asking young people across the country “What would it mean if young people were seen by the government as being as complex as they are?”

Now it’s Fairfields turn.

The 22-year-old is hosting a consultation event for young people aged 12-25 on Tuesday, July 25 at the Fairfield Youth and Community Centre. 

The ideas put forward at the event, titled ‘Voice of the South West - Young People Have Your Say’, will be collated by Ms Burton and presented to the United Nations in September. 

Speaking to the Champion from Western Australia, the Sydneysider said the aim of the consultation is to demonstrate the “diversity and complexity” of young people’s lives.

“There is no set agenda; it is whatever young people want to talk about and issues they think are important,” she said.

“Then we spend time planning a campaign on how they would change the issue that is affected them if they had $100 million.”

The aim of the consultation is to demonstrate the diversity and complexity of young people’s lives. - Paige Burton

Ms Burton said housing affordability has been the No.1 issue for young people she has spoken to since starting her journey in March.

Climate change, refugee rights and gender equality have been other main concerns as well as crime and transport in rural areas. 

“I think young people are excited to have someone sit down and actually listen to their concerns,” she said.

“It’s been an amazing journey and I have met a lot of interesting people and got to listen to their stories which I will present to the UN.

“This consultation is going to allow a diverse range of young people to shape conversations and inform decision-making policy," says Paige Burton.

“This consultation is going to allow a diverse range of young people to shape conversations and inform decision-making policy," says Paige Burton.

“Having the opportunity to demonstrate the complexity of Australia’s young people on the international stage is a huge honour and I’m very excited to hear the incredible ideas that young people in Fairfield City have.”

Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone said this event, which is part of Council’s dedicated Youth Mentoring Program, was a great opportunity for local youth to be involved and inspired.

“We are keen to support young people getting involved in democracy at all levels,” he said.

  • ‘Voice of the South West’, Tuesday 25 July, 5:30 - 8:00pm. Registration: fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/voiceofthesouthwest  
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