Ad­dress­ing core is­sues of re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: RACHEL CHAM­BERS

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.

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