Looking into minds of young
By ED SOUTHORN
KIDS at Tweed Vacation Care have proven the adage that wisdom comes from the young.
The Daily News asked a group of eight of the youngsters what adults could do to make the world a better place, and what kids were looking forward to this year.
According to the children, the Socceroos' World Cup chances, achieving at school and Australian Idol will help keep Tweed kids happy and hopeful in 2006, while global warming, world poverty and fossil fuel shortages are high on their list of concerns.
Natasha Lipshus, 11, of St James Primary at Banora Point, said her class last year had learned about the St Vincent de Paul charity and if everyone did something to help those in need, poverty could be eased.
Sam Mitchell, 12, of Banora Point High, pointed out that many Australian families were worried about loved ones serving as soldiers in Iraq and the government ought to do more to encourage renewable energy.
Erica Carnell, 9, of St Josephs Primary at Tweed Heads, said big companies needed to take more seriously warnings about the dangers of environmental pollution and more aid should be given to Third World nations.
Sean Thornton, 11, of Kingscliff Public School, said people should try to reduce electricity use to reduce fossil fuel consumption.
Nathan Grossett, 11, of Centaur Public School, wants smokers to be more careful about discarding butts, to reduce bushfire risks and to try to give up smoking.
Maegan Barr, 11, of Lindisfarne Anglican School at Terranora, also wants greater efforts to assist poorer African nations.
Danielle Waters, 11, of St James Primary, is looking forward to another year of playing competitive netball.
Stephanie Collas, 12, of Centaur Public School, is anticipating the next series of Australian Idol, after meeting Shannon Noll.