On Monday, 11th December, YO Bendigo volunteers and staff met with Lisa Chesters MP, the federal representative for Bendigo, at YO Bendigo to receive a donation of books to be read and enjoyed by all young people who use the YO Bendigo space.
Ms Chesters enthusiastically led an in-depth discussion across a wide range of topics spanning reconciliation, politics, the media and life as an elected representative. The group, including five Youth Councillors, were keen to ask questions and gain valuable insights into the life of an MP, the state of modern Australian politics, and how that relates to life as a young person in Greater Bendigo.
A recurring topic was the housing market, with recent national media coverage bringing attention to Bendigo residents struggling to make ends meet and being forced to live in tents in bushland. Ms Chesters, who has advocated for those living in such conditions, acknowledged the difficulties experienced by young people in entering the property market - not just in Greater Bendigo but around the country.
Youth Councillors took the opportunity to raise the issue of public safety to Ms Chesters, which was a significant focus for the group in 2023. Moving forward, the Member for Bendigo said she’s keen to work with the group on issues important to young people.
YO Bendigo and the City of Greater Bendigo Youth Council thank Lisa Chesters MP for her meaningful donation and valuable time.