Clarence youth turns to council



THE Clarence Valley Council has reacted to claims by the Valley's youth that there is nothing to do in the area.

The council has come up with a range of initiatives aimed to placate the Valley's teens.

In February, the council, along with local community agencies, will be launching the Yamba Youth Action Plan 2006.

According to a council report, the plan was developed after numerous meetings between youth representatives and organisations and community leaders.

The report stated that a youth steering committee was in place to progress the plan after its launch with the key areas to be addressed being recreation, community participation, self-esteem and mentoring.

The council report stated youth advisory groups for the upper and lower river will be formally established early next year to help young people consult and communicate with leaders throughout the Valley.

Meanwhile, The Daily Examiner has received a letter from a student, saying there is little for youth to do in the city of Grafton during the summer school holidays.

The letter states:

SCHOOL is out and it's Christmas time. This is supposed to be the most exciting time of the year.

Unfortunately, for Graftonians whose families are not going away, it is in fact one of the most boring times of the year.

This is because there is nothing to do.

I am writing this letter because I am hoping that maybe some organisation will take the time to orchestrate something for youths to do.

I am also hoping that, since the Bunker is officially not going to be reopening, that perhaps something else can be opened in its place.

We need something to do in this town.

It's no wonder that as soon as people grow up they are automatically leaving for places such as Coffs and Lismore.

Apart from the fact that jobs are very scarce, there is nothing in Grafton to keep younger people here.

And this saddens me because Grafton could have a lot of potential if people bothered to arrange things to occupy the youth of the town.

Thanking you. Please do something about this -? anyone.

ANONYMOUS.



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