FUTURE LEADERS: Murwillumbah High School Year 12 students Elizabeth Kirk and Tyrin Warna with teacher and school liaison officer for the Youth Council Leanne Humes.
FUTURE LEADERS: Murwillumbah High School Year 12 students Elizabeth Kirk and Tyrin Warna with teacher and school liaison officer for the Youth Council Leanne Humes. Liana Turner

Students embrace Youth Council launch

IT WOULD be easy and understandable for the Tweed’s youth to feel disconnected to politics.

But Tweed Shire Council plans to change this when high school students from around the shire converge for the first meeting of the Tweed Youth Council next Wednesday.

Murwillumbah High School students Elizabeth Kirk and Tyrin Warna, both studying towards their HSC, were excited about getting young people involved in politics.

They were hopeful the youth council would bring about change following the youth-influenced redevelopment of Knox Park in Murwillumbah.

“I think it’s quite amazing that we could help make it a better place... for families,” Tyrin said.

Elizabeth and Tyrin will both bring big-hitting issues to the forum, with drug and alcohol problems and homelessness top of their agendas.

The group, which can fit up to 20 young people, will meet quarterly to discuss key issues.

“I think in all levels of government there needs to be change,” Elizabeth said.

Council’s community development officer for families and youth Sylvia Roylance said youth council members would be consulted on matters that impacted them.



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