26 March, 2015
Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture praised a group of young people from the Torres Strait for their passion and desire to become leaders in their community.
Four young people from the Torres Strait recently visited Parliament House and met with Senator Colbeck as part of a leadership program run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.
"It was great to meet these young people and talk with them about their experiences living in the Torres Strait and their interest in becoming more involved in the community and taking on leadership roles," Senator Colbeck said.
"They are very passionate about their community and I was pleased to hear they all have a keen interest in the fishing industry, which is an important provider of employment and makes a significant contribution to the economy of the islands."
"We had a good discussion about issues facing the fisheries industry and they expressed interest in getting involved in leadership opportunities that exist around the industry in their communities."
Torres Strait young leader, Aleesha Savage of Darnley Island, participated in the program and said the meeting with Senator Colbeck was a highlight.
"This was most important to me, and although I was nervous, I will never forget this experience and feel as if I now have a stronger understanding of some of the leadership challenges around fisheries in the Torres Strait," she said.
The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) supports young people to become leaders in their communities by sponsoring their participation in the 17-day Torres Strait Young Leaders' program
The aim of the program is to develop personal leadership and interpersonal skills; increase participant involvement in leadership roles and activities; and encourage cross-sector and inter-cultural engagement by the participants.