6 – Youth

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6 – Youth

Council’s purpose is to take responsibility for:

• Understanding the needs and aspirations of adolescents and their preferred lifestyles
• As best as possible, meeting the needs and aspirations of adolescents and their preferred lifestyles
• Oversighting, monitoring, and advocating for appropriate education and training to prepare young people for both vocation and lifestyle
• Seeking NSW and Federal Government support for aspects of Council’s Youth Plan which falls into state and federal jurisdictions
• Regularly reviewing inputs and outcomes concerning youth participation in lifestyle and vocation

Elements/Actions:

6.1 Local Community Engagement
6.1.1 Council will, in collaboration with NGOs associated with youth policy and experiences, hold a well-publicised Youth Forum to consider Central Coast provisions of youth employment, health, and education … amongst other matters.

6.2 Central Coast Council:
6.2.1 Council will, in its first year, and in collaboration with Central Coast youth organisations, community and industry, prepare a comprehensive Youth Plan concerning the needs and aspirations of Central Coast youth. The plan will, amongst other matters, include considerations of:
(i) Creating a locally based and managed tertiary institution with a specific focus on the needs and aspirations of the people and industries of the Central Coast
(ii) Relevant schooling, TAFE and university provision; traineeships & apprenticeships attached to newly created jobs in sustainable industries such as tourism, Indigenous Australian culture, music, performing arts, wind/wave/solar energy production, start-ups etc.
(iii) Establishing a Start-Up innovation capacity building on the opportunities of gigabit speed internet services in Gosford and Bateau Bay areas
(iv) Provision of a new health and wellbeing focus to youth involvement in cultural and sporting activities, with intention to boost youth participation and achievement, partnering with health and associated entities to achieve this [see international ‘Milkman’ project].

6.2.2 Council will, in collaboration with the University sector, research the likely level and content of education that will be essential to successfully support Central Coast commercial activity and Central Coast lifestyles over the next generation: preschooling; infant schooling; primary schooling; junior secondary schooling; senior secondary schooling; vocational and lifestyle education at TAFE; vocational and lifestyle education at local campuses.

6.2.3 Council will, in collaboration with the NBN/Telcos for very fast internet, and the University sector for research methodology oversight, support, plan and/or fund an information technology start-up innovation centre (Start-Up Innovation Centre) in each of the Southern and Northern Corridors with the goal of creating a raft of new sustainable small businesses with a range of new jobs for younger people in areas such as: music, indigenous Australian and non-indigenous Australian cultures and history; performing arts; painting and sculpting, sport, health and fitness.

6.2.4 Council will Commission a Central Coast future sustainable jobs study (Central Coast: Future Sustainable Jobs) – a joint research project involving the Council, the university sector,climate scientists, environmental economists, Central Coast youth & journalists in a study of:
6.1.3.1. Future jobs likely to be required on the Central Coast
6.1.3.2. Recommendations comprising a 20 year plan to support the creation of sustainable, Zero Pollution Jobs .

6.2.5 Council will commission a review of the importance of sport and cultural pursuits for the well being of young people with a view to reframing and elevating these activities as positive ways to promote the physical and mental health of our youth.

6.3 NSW Government:
6.3.1 Council will make publicly announced policy demands of the NSW Government designed to provide sufficient, affordable, and effectively targeted, education on the Central Coast: child care; Out of School Hours Care; pre-schools; schools; TAFE, University.

6.3.2 Council will seek funding and bureaucratic support from the NSW Government for two Start-Up Innovation Centres in the designated growth corridors.

6.3.3 Council will negotiate with NSW Government for the necessary funding, legislation and political support required for implementation of recommendations from the Central Coast: Future Sustainable Jobs Report.

6.3.4 Council will, following the review in 6.2.5, seek partnerships and funding opportunities for both sporting and cultural pursuits.

6.4 Federal Government:
6.4.1 Council will make publicly announced and reinforced policy demands of the Federal Government designed to provide sufficient, affordable, and effectively targeted education on the Central Coast: child care; Out of School Hours Care; pre-schools; schools; TAFE, University.

6.4.2 Council will seek funding and bureaucratic support from the Federal Government for two Start-Up Innovation Centres.

6.4.3 Council will negotiate with Federal Government for the necessary funding, legislation and political support required for implementation of recommendations from the Central Coast: Future Sustainable Jobs report.

6.4.4 Council will, following the review in 6.2.5, seek partnerships and funding opportunities for both sporting and cultural pursuits


No comments are available, as further direct community engagement will be available in the form of a special purpose “wiki” using the open source “Wikimedia” software which is used to power WikiPedia, to be launched shortly after the election at Central Coast Wiki for registration of interested residents to participate.

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Background Notes:
1. Young people (up to 20 yo) on the Central Coast represent a larger portion of the population at 26% than NSW at 24%. Yet 12% of CC youth(15-24) are disengaged (Sydney 8%), resulting in a stubbornly high unemployment rate at >15% regionally and in some suburbs (Wyong) as high as 35%.
2. Yet the local labour force has a larger than average representation of young people at 16% than Sydney 12% representing a high part time, casual & low wage environment.
3. Fewer CC Youth have post secondary training above Cert III at 31% than Sydney 47%.
4. Central Coast experiences a lack of industries that traditionally engage and upskill young people; trades, manufacturing, civil construction, engineering, research compound the problem.
5. Youth support agencies on the Central Coast report a higher need for mental health services than metro areas and a higher levels of obesity and recreational drug use.
6. Various reports point to transport as a particularly difficult issue for young people. With much of the region being difficult to transverse without a car. NGOs and agencies report this as a structural issue for social participation.
7. The Central Coast has no stand alone tertiary institution, instead being serviced by de facto offerings
from Newcastle Uni and Hunter TAFE. Many students choose Sydney services instead.
8. Visible levels of youth entrepreneurialism and enterprise appear low, with a few exceptions in art, music and limited tech. Support offerings are almost invisible, despite major national economic reports pointing to these areas as vital new directions for future employment of young people.
9. In summary, while the Central Coast appears to provide a reasonable service in childhood years, it fails to
address the very real issues for young people becoming healthy citizens in their own right. Poor Youth Education, Engagement, Employment, Enterprise and Entertainment offerings exist in the region.

References:
*Census Data 2006, 2011, 2015 via EconomyID.
* Various reports from local NGOs and agencies such as: HeadSpace; YCentral; Youth Connections; HunterTAFE; University of Newcastle; RYSS; Central Coast Area Health.