Youth get a say in council

YOUTH in the Bundaberg region will soon have a chance to have their voices heard with the development of youth interest groups.

Bundaberg Regional Council youth development officer Andrea Bax said there will be four groups, one in Bundaberg, Childers, Gin Gin and the Bargara and coastal areas, which will run in a similar fashion to the old youth councils.

“Because of amalgamation we put one in each of the old shire areas and it also helps gives the participants a place in their community,” Ms Bax said.

Each group will comprise of eight to 10 young people aged between 15 and 23.

“We decided to open to that slightly older age group, because when you are over 18 there is a limited amount of stuff that is going on if you are not interested in drinking,” she said.

The interest groups will help organise youth events in the region as well as liaise with the Bundaberg Regional Council.

“It's looking at what are some things going on in their community and coming up with responses and ideas to help,” Ms Bax said.

Ms Bax said applications for the groups close on Wednesday.

Helping the groups along will be an adult support member.

“We are also looking for adult support people - they are just another person who is able to let the young people take the lead but also bring some focus to the groups,” Ms Bax said.

Ms Bax said once the groups were up and running two members from each group would be nominated to take part in the regional youth interest group.

Bundaberg PCYC branch manager Sergeant Robert Smith said they ran a similar program, which helped organise events.

“It is very important to run youth events and have them help run it as it gives them self-worth,” he said.

Sgt Smith said he hoped the young people in the area supported the interest groups.

“I just think more youth needs to get involved to make the events they run bigger and better,” he said.

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