Two Bass Coast teams head to Youth Parliament


Council is proud to announce that two teams from Bass Coast have been accepted into the prestigious YMCA Youth Parliament program, for the second year running.

Council funds the teams, who are supported by Bass Coast YMCA and the two participating schools – Wonthaggi Secondary College and Newhaven College.

Youth Parliament is an annual program for young people aged 16 – 25 years. Teams submit three possible Bills to be considered by Youth Parliament in its July-sitting. Twenty teams from across the state are selected, with a recommendation of one Bill made by the program coordinators.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, recently met with the Wonthaggi Secondary College Youth Parliament team and is looking forward to watching both teams present their Bills in Parliament in July.

“The calibre of submissions is very good and it is unusual for two teams from one Local Government area to be accepted into the program.”

“This is the second year running that both Wonthaggi Secondary College and Newhaven College have been accepted into the program.”

“Our community has fantastic young people who are passionate advocates on issues that matter to them.”

Wonthaggi Secondary College student, Jack Mendes, will be participating in Youth Parliament for the second year running. Jack hopes to be voted in as Youth Premier – a role that is highly contested each year.

“Last year Newhaven College student, Saxon Le Page. was elected as Premier. I hope to keep the baton going for Bass Coast and get elected as Premier this year,” said Jack.

Teams participate in a Youth Parliament camp in May, where they develop their Bill to present to Parliament. Bills that are passed in Youth Parliament proceed as recommendations to the Office for Youth.

Newhaven College and Wonthaggi Secondary College will also present to Bass Coast Shire Council in August, to share their experience with Council.