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Media Release 27th February 2004

Members of the 'Parra Youth Matters' project team and some youth jurors met with Tanya Gadiel, the State MP for Parramatta, and the Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr last week to discuss their project.

"This project is about giving young people a say about decisions that affect them - and to encourage more to get involved", Mr Carr said.

"This project has really benefited the young people involved - and the Parramatta community.

"I'm sure we have future Premiers and Prime Ministers involved in the Youth Jury.

"I will be encouraging my Youth Advisory Council to examine this project and to see where it can be rolled out across the state.

"It's a great way for decision makers to keep in touch with young people.

The meeting with the Premier was a special opportunity for two of the youth jurors, Lauren Estabillo from Our Lady of Mercy College, and Michael Yuen from Parramatta Marist Highschool, to speak about their experiences on the jury.

The State MP, Tanya Gadiel attended the opening of the Youth Jury in July last year, and immediately saw the appeal of the jury for government consultation practices.

"It has inspired me to consult locally with more young people and to give them a voice in State Parliament," Ms Gadiel said.

"I congratulate Dr. Lyn Carson and university students who make up the 'Parra Youth Matters' project team, they have made a tremendous contribution to the community in Parramatta."

Photos are available on request.

Media Contact: James Cullen 0409 719 879 or parrayouthmatters@student.usyd.edu.au