Joondalup’s future is bright after youth forum, says MLA

Youth Minister Peter Tinley and Ocean Reef SHS students. Picture: Bruce Hunt d483483
Youth Minister Peter Tinley and Ocean Reef SHS students. Picture: Bruce Hunt d483483

THE future of Joondalup is looking bright, according to MLA Emily Hamilton.

She recently joined Youth Minister Peter Tinley at Ocean Reef Senior High School where young leaders from 11 high schools came together to discuss the State Government’s strategy for better coordinating youth services.

Issues including mental health, future employment opportunities and the skills needed, education and training, cyber bullying, homelessness and youth suicide were identified as those most concerning.

The youth forum allowed local students’ to give their views to help shape the government’s first Youth Strategy for WA, which is on track to be released in October.

Ms Hamilton said the students she met at the forum were “full of bright ideas and enthusiasm for ensuring government resources are well spent on providing young people with the services they need”.

“The students were able to positively communicate what is important to them and suggested some great ideas of the best way that youth and government could interact positively.

“The young people of today are more clued in about their world than ever before.”

The forum was one of five being held to ensure a diverse range of voices are heard and represented in the final policy.

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