National Youth Week blog #1: Canberra!
Canberra has a lot of roundabouts. I’m not sure whether Australia’s capital city has gone green and is trying to save electricity by having fewer traffic lights, but having never travelled to the ACT before, it’s one of the first things I noticed.
Once I’d acclimated to the dizzying effects of never making a proper turn, I took stock of what was happening. I had just travelled an hour by car to Melbourne airport, only to be in the air for an equal amount of time before I touched down in Canberra. Normally, on a Tuesday morning, it would take me an hour to get to school. Chuck me on a plane for the same amount of time instead of a train, and apparently I can be within a stone’s throw of Julia’s office.
Thus began two days of so much intense discussing, planning, decision-making and strategising that I can describe as nothing short of a whirlwind. I got to meet the other State and Territory Young Members and government representatives, and we were thrown into figuring out what we envisioned NYW 2012 would look like.
Celebrity ambassadors, launch events, promotional items - you name it, we discussed it. At length. We heard from the Communications team at DEEWR (the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations, don't you know), Beyond Blue and a PR company, and then finished our meetings on the second day with a photoshoot. The young members posed in a park opposite the building, and were about halfway through when we realised that there were people with their faces practically pressed up against the glass of the office buildings, trying to figure out what we were doing, and probably wondering if we were famous.
When I eventually headed back home (after a quick look around Parliament House), I actually thought my head was going to explode. I had so much to think about after a successful 48 hours, which proved to create as many questions and required as many further decisions as we had already answered and made.
But after meeting all the people on the National Planning Group, and providing a name and a face as to who would be representing the young people of Victoria, I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited about NYW 2012.
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