Tasmanian Premier moved by how deeply children care about the State

Tasmanian Premier moved by how deeply children care about the State

by Freya Lucas

July 06, 2021

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has described the significant impact of 816 postcards sent to him by children and young people across the State as part of consultations resulting in the newly released Your voice, your views, your say consultation report, part of the broader comprehensive, long-term, whole-of-government Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

 

The voices and pictures of children have been a huge part of this consultation, the Premier explained, outlining how they have formed part of over 3,500 contributions received across the State.

 

The postcards to the Premier from children and young people outlined their hopes and dreams for Tasmania, “and I am reading each and every one of them, as I said I would,” Mr Gutwein said.

 

“Their words, their stories, and their pictures have had a significant impact on me, and I have been moved by how deeply children and young people care about our State, our environment and our people,” he added.

 

“We have also heard from parents, carers, advocates and service providers across all parts of Tasmania, and I thank everyone who has taken the time to give their thoughts on this important Strategy for our State’s future.”

 

The Premier also thanked consultation partners, the Commissioner for Children and Young people, the Youth Network of Tasmania, the Mental Health Council of Tasmania and Playgroup Tasmania for the face-to-face conversations you led for us across the State.

 

“Children and young people who have greater wellbeing are more likely to have better educational outcomes, and a better quality of life, and we will take all the feedback received on board and look forward to the Strategy’s release later this year,” he said in closing.

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