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Marvin Smith Indi Summit Report Launch Speech

Posted February 01, 2016



Marvin is 16 years old and attends the Mount Beauty Secondary College as a Year 11 student. His favourite subjects are German, Global Politics, Maths and Science. Marvin’s hobbies include skiing, road bike riding, driving, playing the trumpet, and socialising. He hopes to attend university but is yet to determine his career path. Marvin is a graduate of the CFA Youth Crew Program, which allows him to join any fire brigade in the country if his help is called upon. Marvin is also in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars program run through Melbourne University. He was part of the historic inaugural Indi Summit on 24 October, 2015, and a guest speaker at the Indi community Summit Report – Delivering Our Vision launch on 27 January, 2016.

“Hello my name is Marvin and I attended the Indi Summit in Benalla last year. I’m very grateful to Cathy for hosting the event and I feel she is a very approachable person. I went to the Summit because I wanted to start becoming politically active and wanted to bring up issues I felt could be improved in my region. The Summit definitely helped with working to achieve my goals of being a person who is involved in my community.

I chose to be in the environment interest group. I gained many great things from the day. But what I really liked was how everyone listened to what you had to say and no-one’s ideas or issues were frowned upon. Everything and everyone was considered, and this has made it easy for progress to be made.

I also loved hearing what other people had to say about the environment. People were bringing up issues I had never even considered before which I thought was absolutely fantastic. Everyone in my group was passionate about their beliefs were able to share their thoughts which everyone could relate to. This was an event I had never imagined attending or never knew occurred. It was such a great experience.

The atmosphere of the Summit was great. Outside the interest groups, people from all ages were conversing about what they had to say about their groups and that was by far the most favourite bit of the event.

The Indi Summit really opened my eyes to what can be achieved when heads are put together and if such a thing was to happen again, I would absolutely attend and even try to get my parents along. Thank you"

The second Indi Community Summit will be held in 2019.

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