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May 6, 2021

Calling council candidates: what about our youth?

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Just a thought bubble. Being an old fart (i.e. somewhere north of forty) and having this thought bubble appear in my mind I seem to see a distinct lack of  consideration for the youth of Byron shire in the current  council campaign.

We have youthful aspirants putting themselves up for council (which is far out) but no one seems to have any sort of platform to address youth issues.

Such as:

Youth programs for leadership and conciliation. No council bikkies for this, it’s all left up to unpaid locals’.

Youth programs to deal with the future. Council – hello?

Youth programs to deal with rental stress or aspirations of home/land ownership in the local area, or anywhere really for young folk.

Youth programs for information technology.

Youth programs for dealing with getting way too out of it too many days of the week. (BYS and others do a great job but where is their funding at?)

Youth Programs for dealing with abuse, be it bullying, violence in the street or in the home or sexual abuse (once again so many are working unpaid in this shire to try and keep kid’s positive. What are council aspirants going to do?)

Youth programs for safety on the road, be it in cars or on a bicycle. (Phil Preston needs a big wrap for his efforts, how come he gets no council support?)

And I’m sure there are other issues for our young.

But which of the parties/independents are talking about these things?

Council aspirants please explain.

Tony Campbell, Mullumbimby

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