Notre Dame student chosen for Australia 2020 summit

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 4-4-2008

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The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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An undergraduate student from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus is one of the first students selected for the Australia 2020 summit.

19 year old Joel Clark was selected to be on the Rural Industries and Rural Communities panel in an event that will see 1000 of the country’s ‘best and brightest brains’ shape a long term strategy for the nation’s future.

Mr Clark, who is in his second year of a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism)/Bachelor of Laws double degree, was selected for the summit due to the extensive amount of community service projects in which he has been involved.

He is the founder and director of the not-for-profit organisation Community Spirit Tours - a group that gives community empowerment and leadership workshops to young people across New South Wales (NSW).

Mr Clark is also a founding member of the Blue Mountains Youth Council, has been involved in the NSW Youth Parliament, and is on the National Executive for Vision Generation - World Vision’s youth community.

Mr Clark said he feels honored to be given the chance to have a say in the development of Australia’s future and is extremely glad young people are to be involved.

“In the summit I want to focus on education and other opportunities for young people in rural communities. There are a lot of students in rural areas who miss out on higher education because of where they live.

“I expect the drought and skills shortages to also be discussed and look forward to making suggestions and solutions for these problems,” said Mr Clark.

The Australia 2020 summit will take place at Parliament House in Canberra on April 19 and 20, 2008.

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