As Patron of the Rural Youth Tasmania I am pleased to write this Message in support of your many valuable training and other initiatives made available to young Tasmanians.
Membership through individual clubs opens up a world of possibilities for young people aged 15 to 30 and in my capacity as Governor I can say without hesitation that the benefits of belonging to Rural Youth Tasmania are many and very much worth pursuing.
These include training in various rural industries; training in leadership and media skills; interstate and international exchanges, which can prove invaluable in personal development; regular competitions in areas as diverse as cooking, the arts, and public speaking; regular social gatherings and networking.
As an organisation designed to pass on important professional and life skills to the rural workforce and rural leaders of the future, it is of course appropriate that Rural Youth Tasmania has a primary focus on promoting our vibrant agriculture sector. To this end some excellent programs are available, including “Discover Agriculture”, in which school students gain experience in agriculture and explore potential careers; “Young Farmer of the Year”, an annual competition; and the “Young Agriculture Professional Network” for adults studying, working in or interested in the agriculture sector.
In addition to this focus, the flexibility of Rural Youth Tasmania is well summed up in your statement: “Not all members live or work on farms; in many instances the only thing members have in common is that they are young people interested in developing themselves and others.”
I congratulate all members and staff and volunteers for ensuring the ongoing viability of Rural Youth Tasmania and I wish you all the best in encouraging more young Tasmanians to consider joining one of Tasmania’s most enterprising organisations for young people.
HER EXCELLENCY PROFESSOR THE HONOURABLE
KATE WARNER AC, GOVERNOR OF TASMANIA