Girls win ambassador roles

Louise Edwards

Louise Edwards

Anica Siljeg Blacktown Youth Ambassador. Photo: Geoff Jones .

Anica Siljeg Blacktown Youth Ambassador. Photo: Geoff Jones .

TWO Blacktown schoolgirls will represent the city's youth population for the next 12 months.

Louise Edwards and Anica Siljeg are the 2014 Blacktown Council youth ambassadors.

The selection process involved an interview and a written quiz.

Six finalists were then judged on a five-minute speech on how the council's sister city relationships have changed in the past 30 years.

The selection panel consisted of 10 members; six were Blacktown councillors and four were other members of the community.

The girls are excited about their new roles and have guidance to call on if required.

Louise's sister Clair was a youth ambassador for the city in 2007 while Anica is the daughter of Liberal councillor Karlo Siljeg.

"He had no idea I had applied until the interview," Anica, 16, said. "He told me to do my best, which is what he always tells me. I applied because it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I look forward to doing my best and becoming a better person."

Louise, 16, said: "It's a great opportunity to learn a lot more about the council, improve my public speaking and other skills that will be beneficial for my future.

"My sister was an ambassador in 2007. I was too young at the time to understand what she was doing but it sounded interesting. She's given me lots of advice and has been very supportive."

Louise hopes to get a chance to tell the council how it can improve youth services.

"I think there should more facilities for young people to keep them off the streets," she said.


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