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The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, today met with young people at Macksville to discuss better options for youth in regional NSW.

The discussion is one of many consultation sessions the NSW Government, in collaboration with the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, is undertaking across regional NSW.

Mrs Pavey said the NSW Government the consultations will guide new policy options.

“While there will always be some challenges, there are also huge opportunities for young people in NSW,” Mrs Pavey said.

“I thank the young people who gave us their time and their frank feedback today. It will help Government to deliver effective solutions.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro MP, said the NSW Government has prioritised opportunities for young people, having established the NSW Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People in 2014.

“This year we introduced 100,000 free apprenticeships for young people and in April we committed an extra $13.9 million to provide 24/7 crisis beds and support for homeless youth; this consultation round is an important next step to tackle the issues for young people in regional NSW,” he said.

Information gathered directly by ACYP from across regional NSW will compliment these consultation sessions, said NSW Advocate for Children and Young People Andrew Johnson.

“This is another great example of where the NSW Government is listening to the voices of children and young people in NSW to ensure better outcomes,” Mr Johnson said.