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Posted on: 6 August, 2018

Community Meeting generates positive discussions around supporting local youth

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Around 60 residents took part in an important Community Youth Meeting last week, to generate a meaningful discussion around ways to support our local youth.

Presented by Councillor Pat Eastwood and Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton, attendees also had the opportunity to view the new Mobile Community Trailer while hearing some of the key findings in the 2018 Youth Needs Analysis.

Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said this was a very productive discussion and positive atmosphere, with a lot of engaged, creative community members attending.

“This meeting provided a great opportunity for residents to voice some of their ideas of how we as a community can help better support our local youth,” Cr Hutton said.

“It was also a great indicator for the direction and approach Council and service providers should be taking in offering solutions, services as well as different ways we can implement the recommendations that came about from the community discussion.

“Some of the common themes that were uncovered during the evening included the rapid increase in the number of young residents of Livingstone Shire in recent years, and the wide variety of supports and opportunities available to our young people locally.”

Youth Councillor Pat Eastwood said the meeting was a positive step forward for our local youth and the community’s involvement in helping to better support the regions young people.

“There was a strong focus on how young people can be engaged and become more aware of available services and opportunities, such as using the Mobile Community Trailer for outreach, and looking at both online and face-to-face mechanisms for engaging with young people,” Cr Eastwood said.

For more information on the Livingstone Shire Youth Analysis, go to https://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/206/Youth-Services

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