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Forum focuses on youth entertainment

YOUNG people living in the northern Illawarra have an opportunity to have their say on what major events they would like to see brought to the area in an open forum to be held at Woonona-Bulli RSL Club in June.

State MP for Keira Ryan Park said as a politician, he is aware of the need to engage with the youth in the area and help them find constructive and rewarding ways to stay entertained.

“Too often when youth become bored they turn to more dangerous and destructive activities, such as violence and crime,” Mr Park said.

“The entertainment scene in the Illawarra is in desperate need of a shake up, particularly considering the opportunities being presented for Wollongong to become a major entertainment competitor in 2013 when Sydney’s ageing entertainment venues will be closed for renovations,” he said.

“This is why I have decided to organise this event. One of the major challenges to breaking down the barrier between young people and Government is letting them know they have a voice, and this is the perfect opportunity for them to have their say.

“I have also invited representatives from Wollongong City Council’s events team to come along so we can attempt to bring some of the great ideas of our young people to fruition,” Mr Park said.

Mr Park said that this is not an exercise in political recruitment; it is simply a way of opening the door for interaction with a typically isolated and disconnected section of our community.

“It would be great to see a wide range of young people aged 18-30 from the Illawarra come along and have a chat with me about what they would like to see happen in their city in the future. I hope will be the first of many similar discussions I will have with the younger generation of Keira, and the broader Illawarra community,” Mr Park said.

The forum will be held at the Woonona Bulli RSL Club on June 7 from 7.30pm. For more information or to book a seat call 02 4285 1588.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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