Send feedback for rural youth service
Young people reliant on support from external services
NORTH Burnett Regional Council is undertaking a youth services survey to better understand the state of youth services in the North Burnett.
The survey will also identify gaps and opportunities for enhancement to benefit the community.
Rural youth services are operated by third-party organisations who co-ordinate counselling, income support and other youth services.
Monto Neighbourhood Centre has been refurbished to improve its services, and hired a new full-time rural youth worker, Nadine Smith.
Mrs Smith does individual consultations for young people in Monto and Eidsvold, arranging support via school programs.
“Most of our young people out here are pretty much going through school and doing what society tells them,” Mrs Smith said.
“Many years ago when I started doing youth work, we used to have to travel around a lot and link in with speciality services; these days it’s coming to us a lot more frequently.”
Currently, most speciality services available for young people are external.
Mrs Smith will make a submission to the council survey and has encouraged all young people as well as their parents to do the same.
The survey can be undertaken online at northburnett.qld.gov.au/ tell-us-your-thoughts or via your school or library.