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Policy, promises and predictions of the future usually come from experts, scientists and politicians.
But what of the generation of young adults who will likely live with the legacy of previous generations for another 80 years? Perhaps another 100 years, if increases in modern medicine are anything to go by.
We asked six passionate young Australians what they thought were the biggest issues facing them, at the 2019 Heywire Summit in Canberra.
Lauren Paynter: Flexible work and study options in regionsNyah, Vic
For more than six years, Lauren Paynter has lived away from her home and family.
The 21-year-old said moving away from home was never really a choice, but rather a necessity.
First it was for boarding school, then it was university, and later it will be to pursue a career — when she graduates.
"I would love to return to my home town of Nyah, but at this stage I don't see the jobs being there for me in the future," Lauren said.
She said deciding between moving away to study for a career, or remaining at home with friends and family, was a reality many young people from remote, rural and regional areas.
"For rural communities, I think the biggest issue is creating sustainable towns where young people can come back, earn an income and live there as well," she said.
Lauren said she would like to see a future where businesses offer more flexible work options for young people.
"To be able to work and study in a regional area would be fantastic," she said.
Ivan Reyes is 17 and has a busy schedule.
He is part of a youth council, festivals and several community events in his home town of Stratford in Victoria.
Ivan said one of the biggest challenges facing young regional Australians is the lack of suitable transport.
"The biggest issue for me, particularly in our community or town, is transportation," he said.
"If you want to go to the shopping centre, or catch up with your friend, or even if you miss the school bus there is not much transportation around."
Ivan said it is not uncommon to have to wait around for more than three hours between public transport schedules with the only other option to catch a taxi.
"The last bus might be around 10:00pm and then after that your only option is to catch a taxi, which is quite expensive."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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