Plans for further 'youth spaces'

SOME Southern Downs Regional Councillors queried what a “youth space” specifically was after a report was presented to the community services committee meeting on Wednesday.

The report was prepared by community youth worker Bonita Tyler and community development manager Sheila Stebbings and outlined the “aims of a new working party formed to look at options for a youth space in Warwick” and sought councillor representation on this work group.

After community services director Tony Minuti finished reading the report community services committee chairwoman Denise Ingram put forward her interest in being a representative on the working party, and Cr Neil Meiklejohn queried what exactly a youth space was defined as.

Cr Vic Pennisi encouraged his fellow councillors to look outside the square.

“Maybe we should look outside the square and have a brand, saying this is a youth space area,” he said.

Cr Meiklejohn said there were already plans for another youth space in Leslie Park.

Cr Cameron Gow said he would like the working group to identify and map existing youth spaces.

The report said the working party was formed at a recent Southern Downs Youth Network meeting held in Warwick, to look at “space options for a youth space in Warwick”.

The members of the party include Warwick Police crime prevention officer Sarah Ellis, council community youth worker Bonita Tyler, two councillors and two young ambassadors.Former community youth worker Pam Burley has been requested to assist the group with important background information.

The report stated that “a major challenge is the perception that many community members have of a youth space, which is often misinformed”.

Councillors voted to appoint Crs Ingram and Jo McNally to the working party.

Cr Meiklejohn moved the motion, which Cr Gow seconded.

The motion was carried.



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