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HEALTH EXPERTS SEEK YOUTH FEEDBACK

Health department officials have met with  young people in Ballina, to hear whether current services are meeting their needs. Discussions focused on service availability in rural areas and how education could be improved. “A lot of school programs and stuff tell us what we should be thinking about things.” “You can definitely see certain areas that could definitely be improved.. But… I think we’re definitely heading in the right direction.” The officials will use today’s feedback, to modify and improve policies and services. “We really want to say OK how can we make health different for young people and make sure that they grow and have healthy adult lives.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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WHEELS FOR HOPE ARRIVES IN RAYMOND TERRACE

A mentoring program which uses a hands-on approach to help students realise their potential today made its way to Raymond Terrace Public School. Wheels for Hope sees pupils refurbish old bikes alongside community volunteers, before donating them to disadvantaged families. “I think the main importance is a young person gets to understand that they are useful, that they can do something and they might be able to do something that they never thought they could,” said Centre for Hope CEO, Geraldine Moran. The program has also been rolled out at Kurri Kurri, thanks to a grant of more than $50,000 from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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YOUNG MINDS HAVE THEIR SAY ON NORTH COAST’S FUTURE

Some of the region’s brightest young minds have today shared their visions for its future, at a Southern Cross University youth forum. Year 11 and 12 students from Byron Bay to Grafton spent the day outlining how they think the North Coast should evolve- to representatives from the Baird Government’s Department of Planning. “We could get more local businesses put along the highway.” “We could probably put in more recycling areas.” “Whether we get a train up and running or just have a bypass or bike lane or something.” “They care about whether or not the koalas are being protected, they care about there being enough tourist attractions to help with the economy, all sorts of sophisticated considerations.” Their suggestions will now be considered along with other feedback gathered on the draft North Coast Regional Plan. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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EXCHANGE PROGRAM HELPING INDIGENOUS BOYS

A unique exchange program run at Lake Macquarie is helping to inspire leadership among young indigenous boys. The group, which includes five participants from Burke and Brewarrina in far western New South Wales, has taken part in a range of activities over the past four days. “One of the most exciting things from this year was to actually go to a trampoline park at Gateshead, which these type of activities they cannot experience in far western NSW so it was great to see the smiles on their faces,” said Chief Inspector Bruce McGregor. Now in its second year, the program is an initiative of Lake Macquarie Police. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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RICHMOND-TWEED YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT HIGH

Anti-poverty group the Brotherhood of St. Lawrence has labelled the Richmond-Tweed a hotspot for youth unemployment. It says recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows around 17 percent of 15 to 24 year olds in the region, aren’t working. That’s higher than both the state and national youth unemployment rate, which is sitting at around 12 percent.

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TATTOO ENTHUSIAST TURNED REMOVALIST HELPING YOUTH

Getting a tattoo is one of those things that sounds like a great idea at the time. Unfortunately, in the cold light of day, some people have a change of heart. So laser removal specialist Paul Roberts from In a Flash at Nerang is taking mercy on anyone under 21 by offering to erase some of their more embarrassing regrets on their face, neck and hands…for free.

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NEW SUCCESS HELPING TEENS TURN AWAY FROM CRIME

Police, social workers and McDonalds restaurants have teamed up to get local teens into work. The latest training course from Project Booyah is helping youth from a disadvantaged background learn skills, such as customer service. It’s helped 15 year old Talia Mitchell turn away from crime and head towards a career in engineering. “My mum and stuff like that have had a very rough past and I’ve overcome that during this course and it’s made me very happy and yes I have been in trouble with the law but I said when I entered this course, I left that behind me” said Talia. The life changing efforts of Project Booyah have just been recognised with a Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award.

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