Community feedback sought on key regional youth issues

Published on 04 July 2017

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A survey of nearly 500 young people aged 10-18 years from the Devonport, Kentish, Latrobe and Central Coast municipal areas has identified the top five issues of importance to local youth as being:

  • Bullying, including cyberbullying;
  • Mental health including anxiety and depression;
  • Alcohol, smoking and other drugs;
  • A lack of affordable activities, events and things to do;
  • A lack of jobs and job opportunities and difficulties gaining employment; and
  • Transport, in particular, public transport (location and timetabling).

The feedback was received as part of the Regional Youth Survey conducted in April and May by local Councils, Tasmania Police, Youth, Family & Community Connections, Don College and Kentish Family Support House (Glenhaven Family Care).

A second survey has now been launched, which is open to people of all ages in the region and seeking wider opinion about the identified issues.

“It’s now important that we seek the feedback and ideas of our entire communities and more broadly, the district, about how we can better value our young people and make our towns better places for them to live and work” said Devonport Mayor, Alderman Steve Martin.

The ‘Regional Community Youth Survey’ is open for feedback until Friday, 28 July 2017 and can be completed online at www.speakupdevonport.com.au, with paper surveys also available from the participating Councils and agencies.

“The ideas received will be taken on-board and used to help create a plan which will guide the way our councils and organisations who work with young people can better place young people at the heart of their activities, services and policies” said Mayor Martin.

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Media Contact:  Karina Moore |Media & Communication Officer

03 6424 0562 | 0407 506 840 |kmoore@devonport.tas.gov.au