Addressing core issues of region
THE LACK of facilities and weekend events is on Mayor Rachel Chambers’ radar after a youth forum last week.
Attendees at the forum, held by North Burnett Regional Council, had the opportunity to share what they considered the major issues facing young people in the area.
Young people leaving the
❝ We also spoke about education and how students would love to have more subjects with more teachers available to teach the subjects. — Mayor Rachel Chambers
area as a result of a lack of opportunity was identified as a problem that needed fixing.
“They said facilities was a problem, they are rundown or we don’t have many, the council events weren’t aimed at youths, weekend activities are a problem,” Cr Chambers said.
“They thought it’d be good if we combined the towns together and start getting more people involved and also at weekend activities, transport was a big concern and didn’t cater to their needs.”
Cr Chambers said she was pleasantly surprised by how “switched on” Burnett youth were.
“We also spoke about education and how students would love to have more subjects with more teachers available to teach the subjects,” Cr Chambers said.
“It turns out our population held us back a lot, the youths said if our town combined with that town we could achieve far better results than we already do.”
The council asked six towns to take part in the youth forum but were unable to get Monto, Biggenden and Mt Perry involved.
Cr Chambers said another forum would be available for those who missed out.
The next part of the project will allow the high school students to attend a council meeting to present their findings.
IDEAS ON BOARD: Attendees at a youth forum shared their ideas about issues facing the North Burnett.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said the youth forum was a huge success last week.