Listening to young views ... Luke Hartsuyker is holding Youth Roundtable forums across the Cowper electorate.
Listening to young views ... Luke Hartsuyker is holding Youth Roundtable forums across the Cowper electorate. Coffs Coast Advocate/Bruce Thomas

MP taking youth ideas to Canberra

REPRESENTATIVES from six Coffs Harbour high schools met MP Luke Hartsuyker yesterday to tell him what they think politicians should know.

The Youth Roundtable was held so Mr Hartsuyker could hear young peoples' views on a range of issues.

Mr Hartsuyker said that the purpose of the Roundtable was to take youth ideas to parliament where possible.

“The views of our young people are very important when it comes to government policy,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Young people provide a different perspective on issues and can assist governments at all levels to come up with these solutions to address some of today's challenges.”

Students discussed issues such as: driving, education, entertainment, alcohol, public transport and the environment.

Students from Coffs Harbour High School, Orara High School, John Paul College, Bishop Druitt College, Coffs Harbour Senior College and the Christian Community College attended.

“It's very interesting,” Lucy Zeck from Coffs Harbour Christian Community College said.

“It's great to hear other people's opinions.”

Miss Zeck said that she hoped something would come out of the forum.

The consensus was they would like to see more entertainment for underage teenagers at nights, “we need somewhere to go and just be,” one student said, “they (teenagers) just want independence”.

Another student during the discussion on

driving and the possible extension of L-plate probation said that “driving is a privilege not a right”.

The students were very vocal on the issue of the L-plate extensions as well as the rules stating they need to do 120 hours of driving.

The general feeling was that although 120 hours was a lot, it made for better drivers.

HOW COFFS' YOUTH SEES IT

Luke Hartsuyker asked each student what they thought would make Coffs Harbour a better place. Here's the most popular responses.

  • More entertainment
  • Better public places
  • More public transport
  • Better sports fields
  • Environmentally conscious housing
  • More emphasis on the arts
  • More emphasis on education, particularly life skills and social well being.


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