Rose City's youngest get chance to weigh in on issues

WARWICK'S young people are being invited to get together to find their voice and develop relationships with peers from across the state.

The 2012 South West Youth Engagement Forum will be held from this Friday, November 2 to Monday, November 5 at Slade Campus, Horsman Rd.

Coordinated by Southern Downs Regional Council's youth development officer Hailey Cosh, the forum will bring together young people from five council areas across the south west.

This will include Southern Downs Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Paroo Shire Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council.

Ms Cosh said each council had chosen a group of young people to attend the forum and about 60 young people and 11 adults were expected to attend.

"The forum's objective is to bring young people together to provide a regional perspective on local issues affecting young people," she said.

"Young people can connect with each other, develop relationships and share ideas with a view to developing a mechanism for genuine ongoing interaction and dialogue between young people and government decision makers.

"And, of course, there will be plenty of fun, networking and games."

The South West Youth Network gained funding from the Department of Communities to develop the youth engagement forum.

It has been run successfully in the past and gives young people the skills to develop youth-led projects in their community.

Mayor Peter Blundell will open the forum on Saturday morning and welcomes all the young people attending.

For information on the forum phone Hailey Cosh on 4661 7166 or 0428 730 688.

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