Stawell's Amy Rhodes selected for Youth 20 Summit

Stawell's Amy Rhodes has been selected to represent Australia's youth at the Youth 20 Summit in Sydney later this year.

Amy is one of five young Australians chosen to represent the country at the summit from July 12-15.

The 27-year-old, who is employed as the Youth and Community Development Officer at the Northern Grampians Shire Council, was in Canberra for two days this week taking part in a series of meetings with other delegates and also the chair of Y20 Holly Ransom, to prepare for the summit.

These meetings involved discussion on the three key policy issues that the summit will be focusing on, Global Citizenship and Mobility, Growth and Jobs Creation, and Sustainable Development.

Amy also met with Senator Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education on Wednesday night, before attending a Parliamentary Briefing yesterday.

A past winner of ABC's Heywire competition, Amy said she was looking forward to being an Australian delegate to the Y20 Summit.

"The thing that excites me most about being a Y20 delegate is the opportunity to represent the rural young people of Australia at an international level," she said.

"We often feel as though we don't have the opportunity to express our opinions or that they sometimes aren't heard so I'm really looking forward to giving my peers that chance.

"I think the Y20 provides a unique opportunity for young people to contribute to the international agenda in a meaningful way. It provides a real link for all young people to our leaders and allows us to have input on the issues that are affecting us.

"The importance of this cannot be underestimated. We need to ensure that those who will be leading our nations in the future understand the decisions that are being made now."

The Youth 20 is the official youth engagement group of the G20 and is an essential component of the Australian Government's engagement of stakeholders with the G20 agenda.

This summit provides a platform for young people among G20 members to communicate with world leaders about the issues that are important to young people - both raising concerns and proposing solutions.

"The Y20 will contribute to the G20 through the presentation of a communique which will outline the issues we've addressed and their potential solutions," Amy said.

"I believe this link to youth is very important for the G20 to ensure that they are tuned into the opinions and ideas of their young people. I hope that the communique we present will provide some insight into the experiences of the young people of the G20."

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