Making his voice heard
TAYLOR McBeath, of Broadwater, loves public speaking.
That's why the Year 11 student will be travelling to Sydney in April as part of the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament program.
"We will be taught how to structure a bill and then present it to parliament," Taylor said.
It was through his school, Kadina High School at Goonellabah that Taylor first heard about the program.
"They referred me to (Clarence local member) Chris Gulaptis who nominated me," he said.
"Part of that (nomination) was paying the $400 sponsorship for the program."
Taylor had done some public speaking through his school and knew he wanted to learn more about the legal process.
According to its website, the program aims to promote youth-led advocacy, active community leadership and legal and parliamentary education.
"I think it's fantastic," Taylor's mum Kellie McBeath said.
"It's an opportunity to broaden his outlook and get different opinions.
"He has a passion for speaking and being involved in the community."
Mr Gulaptis was only too happy to support Taylor in his quest to learn more about the decision-making process of State Parliament.
"When young people want to put themselves out on a limb, it is a great thing to support," he said.
"I love to see young people take a passion in anything and want to leave it a better place than what it was."
Taylor plans on using his five days in Sydney to his advantage.
"I hope I will have improved on my public speaking and handling other people's opinions and been diplomatic," Taylor said.