Angela Atkinson, Charleville, Cathryn Coleborn, Goondiwindi, and Kat Power from Toowoomba at the South West Youth Network forum yesterday.
Angela Atkinson, Charleville, Cathryn Coleborn, Goondiwindi, and Kat Power from Toowoomba at the South West Youth Network forum yesterday.

Ideas shared at youth work meet

A GROUP of youth workers from across the south-west Queensland region were in the Rose City for the past three days to network and share ideas.

Southern Downs Regional Council community youth worker Bonita Tyler and Stanthorpe Community Development Services youth development worker Rebecca Schroder represented the Southern Downs region.

Ms Tyler said the South-West Youth Network (SWYN) meetings were a great way to mingle with her counterparts from other centres across the region.

“The group was formed to help workers in isolation within their communities,” she said.

Ms Tyler said the participants of the forum also participated in an event management course.

She said they also shared programs they were working on during the three-day forum, held at the Jackie Howe Motel.

Toowoomba Regional Council community development co-ordinator Darryl Bates is the longest-standing member of SWYN and was also a found member.

He said when it first began about 14 years ago, there were just “seven or eight” people involved.

“At one stage we were 30-40 strong,” he said.

“It’s a chance to come together ... getting workers from the west is hard.”

As such, the second forum later this year will be held in Charleville.

Mr Bates said because of the success of the SWYN model, other regions across Queensland could be looking to adopt it.

He said it would be discussed at the upcoming Local Government Association of Queensland Youthipedia conference to be held later this year.



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