Teen gets a shot as Clarence MP
STEVE Cansdell better watch his back, as a new Member for Clarence is hot on his heels.
Representing the electorate at this weekend’s YMCA New South Wales Youth Parliament training camp is the talented and articulate Lachlan Kilby.
The Youth Parliament program, open to everyone aged 15 to 18, aims to give young people a chance to voice issues that concern them.
Lachlan, also the school captain of Clarence Valley Anglican School, will attend the camp as the ‘Member for Clarence’.
The 18-year-old has been selected to be part of the environment committee.
This weekend, he and about 150 other youth parliamentarians have converged on Sydney’s Olympic Park Lodge to discuss ideas and learn techniques to present bills during a sitting of the NSW Parliament mid-year.
Lachlan said Youth Parliament offered him a ‘double hit’ of opportunities.
“As it’s my last year of school I feel I should be giving back to Grafton,” he said. “It’s also a chance to represent an issue you feel strongly on.”
Lachlan’s driving force is the environment.
“I have a real passion for it,” he said.
Over the course of the three-day camp, Lachlan will meet with his nine other environment committee ‘MPs’, to develop and tweak their bill before they present it to Parliament in July.
Already it has a basis, as the committee has been discussing its topic on a virtual forum online.
“We would like all new building proposals to include a solar power system in the plans,” Lachlan said.
“It would be asking a lot of families and the average Joe to fork out that sort of money, so we’ll be asking the government to ramp up their subsidies.”
Depending on how Lachlan enjoys the Youth Parliament journey, he said he might look to politics as a future career.
“It’s an option,” he said. “This is a really good opportunity to go there and see how it’s done.”
Lachlan is looking for sponsors for his Youth Parliament travel expenses.