Drug and alcohol abuse, the environment and transport all featured as issues of importance in a Northern Rivers Youth Census conducted late last year by the Northern Rivers Youth Advisory Council.
The survey was conducted across seven council areas in the North Coast and the Northern Rivers Youth Advisory Council are now looking for new members to join the Council and help them develop strategies around the findings in the survey.
"Young people were really concerned about drugs and alcohol and the impact of that on violence and mental illness in this region," said Meaghan Vosz from the Northern Rivers Social Development, who helped conduct the survey.
"Young people also indicated they wanted more buses and different bus routes, and they were concerned about homelessness and housing."
Ms Vosz said youth council members would be talking to councillors and parliamentary members across the region about the findings and they also wanted to host a community forum to look at issues.
Being part of the council involves participating in meetings and thinking about how to represent youth issues at a local, regional, state and federal level, consulting with young people in our region, and being part of a whole bunch of fun stuff and connecting with other youth, she said.
Fuel subsidies are available to support members to travel to the meetings, which are held on Mondays from 3.30-5pm in Lismore. For more info or for an application form, contact northernriversYAC@groups.facebook.com.
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