Young Redlanders named for Queensland Youth Parliament

YOUTH MEMBER: Ormiston College student Lauren Sullivan, of Thornlands, with Redlands MP Kim Richards. Lauren is the Redlands electorates youth member for the Youth Parliament program. Photo: Supplied

YOUTH MEMBER: Ormiston College student Lauren Sullivan, of Thornlands, with Redlands MP Kim Richards. Lauren is the Redlands electorates youth member for the Youth Parliament program. Photo: Supplied

FOUR young Redlanders will soon learn how Queensland's parliamentary system works.

Sigrid Mather, Brandon Harvey, Lauren Sullivan and Benjamin Jones have been named in this year's cohort to represent the Redlands at Queensland Youth Parliament.

The program is run the YMCA to help educate young people about how the state's legislature works.

Youth members are chosen to represent young people from each of Queensland's 93 electorates.

Those chosen are grouped into committees and expected to help draft-up mock bills and amendments for discussion at a sitting of Youth Parliament in October.

A Queensland Youth Parliament spokesperson said participants were mentored throughout the program and also connected with politicians and decision-makers across the state.

They learned how to speak in public from debates and speeches at Youth Parliament and could also forge lifelong friendships.

"Over the course of four days, lively debate, interjections and banter fill the Chamber as each committee presents their bill for debate and possible amendment," the spokesperson said.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson with Sigrid Mather, of Thornlands. Sigrid is Oodgeroo's youth member for the Youth Parliament program. Photo: Supplied

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson with Sigrid Mather, of Thornlands. Sigrid is Oodgeroo's youth member for the Youth Parliament program. Photo: Supplied

"Every participant also gets a two minute chance to talk about an issue of their choice, usually one of personal experience or one relevant to their electorate."

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson posted a picture of himself with Sigrid Mather after she was named as Oodgeroo's youth member earlier this month.

"Sigrid is a local with a heart for our community and (desire) to make a difference," he said.

"Looking forward to her contribution and success."