Let the town’s young help the town’s young

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS / YOUR SAY - Liana Walker Liana.Walker@bor­der­post.com.au

FRE­QUENTLY we hear the mes­sage the Gran­ite Belt needs to be do­ing some­thing for our youth.

We hear var­i­ous sug­ges­tions thrown around from time to time, but more of­ten than not those seem to be com­ing from the town’s adults.

This week I got the chance to talk to some of the peo­ple from the Gran­ite Belt Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Cor­po­ra­tion.

The group had or­gan­ised a day of ac­tiv­i­ties for Youth Week which drew a size­able crowd.

What re­ally sep­a­rated their event from all the oth­ers was the fact that it was an ac­tiv­ity for the youth or­gan­ised by youth.

In­stead of be­ing told what they needed, they or­gan­ised what they wanted – and it worked re­ally well.

One of the or­gan­is­ers Texas De Vries told me it was the type of event they wanted to hold more fre­quently.

What the day con­sisted of was very sim­ple.

There were art ac­tiv­i­ties, hip hop dance lessons and a chance to give DJing a go.

Com­bined with some snacks and face paint and there you have a fun day of ac­tiv­i­ties that gen­uinely ap­peal to the young.

When the Gran­ite Belt’s youth put their mind to it and are given the re­sources it is amaz­ing what they can achieve. In­stead of telling the youth what they need, why not sim­ply ask them?

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