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Posted on: 24 July, 2018

Council to host Community Meeting to discuss region's youth

Residents are being invited to take part in a meaningful discussion about young people in our community next week at Yeppoon Town Hall.

Deputy Mayor and Councillor Nigel Hutton said Council was aiming to host an event that took a holistic approach into gauging the needs of our youth while raising awareness of the service providers available.

“Our intention was to bring together everyone from across the youth sector, local members of parliament, Livingstone Shire Council, service providers and enthusiastic community members to address and identify these needs within our community,” Cr Hutton said.

“We as a Council believe that young people should have access to programmes, activities, and support that enable them to develop into the people they want to become.

“By harnessing the positive energy and drive of our community, we can then connect with our young people to ensure that our solutions are meeting the mark.

“As part of this event we will be presenting the 2018 Livingstone Shire Council Youth Needs Analysis, which is informed by research and includes data gathered from surveying 1,200 young people across our community, while also looking at what do young people identify as their needs and wants to improve our community.

“Council believes our region’s youth have a significantly positive impact on our society and the future, and this event will also give Council the opportunity to introduce one of its latest youth-focussed initiatives – the Mobile Community Trailer. The trailer, which is equipped with gaming consoles, a speaker system and a film screen, will enable Council to provide youth engagement services in partnership with other service providers outside of Yeppoon, as well as providing a platform for events and entertainment locally,” Cr Hutton said.

In order to support local youth Chair of the Youth Reference Committee Councillor Pat Eastwood added that Council’s Youth Services had seen a significant increase in funding and staffing since 2014.

“Livingstone Shire Council is currently operating under the 2014-2019 Corporate Plan, which includes Strategy C05, stating the Council endeavours to ‘Facilitate the provision of programmes, activities and facilities which create opportunities for the Shire’s youth to develop skills and pursue endeavours to equip them for life and enable them to make a valued contribution to the community’,” Cr Eastwood said.

The Community Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 31 July from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

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