Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people from the North Pine Region have been encouraged to apply for the 2014 Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.


Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said the program connected 40 Indigenous Queenslanders aged 18–25 years, who would be given an exciting opportunity to develop their leadership skills, as well as learn about Parliament.


“The week-long program will be held from 21st to 26th June in Brisbane and features leadership and career development workshops, presentations and cultural activities,” Mr Holswich said.


“The program will culminate in the Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament, which will see participants taking part in a mock parliamentary debate.”


“During the mock parliament participants will speak for and against a proposed Bill and raise issues of personal importance in the presence of elected Members of Parliament.”


Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said the program would help participants develop the skills and confidence to contribute to positive change in their communities.


“Participants will have the opportunity to work with mentors during the program and benefit from their inspiration, knowledge and experience,” Mr Ruthenberg said.


“It’s also a great way to network with Elders and other Indigenous community leaders, as well as Members of Parliament and senior government representatives.”


The Queensland Government program will be delivered in partnership with Glencore Coal.


Applications close on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.


For more information on the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program or to apply online visit