Narromine's Taje Fowler will join seventeen other young people from across regional NSW as a member of the NSW Government's Regional Youth Taskforce.
Ms Fowler will focus on issues that affect young people living in the Central West and Orana region to deliver real change and practical benefits for their peers.
The Taskforce would allow members to have their say on ways government can improve outcomes for young people in regional NSW and better deliver services.
Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders congratulated the 23-year-old and said she was thoroughly deserving of her new role, as part of the second-year cohort of of the Taskforce.
"Taje's appointment is great news for the youth of our region because it gives them a direct line to government on the issues concerning them," he said.
Mr Saunders said Ms Fowler would help build on their predecessors' achievements, which included improvements to education, digital connectivity and public transport.
"Taje is a proud Wurundjeri and Wiradjuri woman, passionate about supporting young people with complex needs and addressing youth disengagement with mainstream education," Mr Saunders said.
"This is great news for the young people of the Dubbo Electorate. Taje will be part of a really important initiative and will work with her peers from across the state to deliver real change and practical benefits for regional young people."
Ms Fowler is a proud Wurundjeri and Wiradjuri woman, with family in Narromine (honey people) who still live on country.
She is studying a Bachelor of Community and Social Development for Indigenous Communities at Western Sydney University.
Currently Ms Fowler works as a Community Research Officer and Youth Worker in Dubbo for LeaderLife where she helps kids doing it tough to live their best life. In this role she collects data for YARRN (Youth at Risk Research Network) through the University of NSW to help find innovative ways to engage at risk youth.
Ms Fowler is a proud to be part of a range of committees and groups, including the Narromine Aboriginal Land Council, the Youth at Risk Research Network, the Dubbo Youth Interagency, and is a youth mentor for the Gathering of Traditional Owners/Murama Youth Summit.
She is passionate about finding a "joined up" solution to youth employment, supporting young people with complex needs and addressing youth disengagement with mainstream education.
The 23-year-old loves all forms of art - from painting, drawing to weaving - and since the age of 14 has volunteered with Heavenly Scent Cake Decorating in Narromine making and creating specialty design cakes and baked goods.