Youth engagement a priority in the Goldfields

Youth engagement a priority in the Goldfields

Wed 6 December, 2017

This month a productive meeting of the Goldfields District Leadership Group (GDLG) was held in Laverton, with members bringing innovative place-based solutions to the table.

The Regional Services Reform Unit has established District Leadership Groups in the East and West Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields regions to lead on-the-ground responses to achieve local outcomes. Membership of the groups include representatives from State and Commonwealth governments, local government, the community services sector, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and industry.

The GDLG was formally established in July 2017 and to date has been working on a coordinated crisis management response to youth engagement in the town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The meeting in Laverton was an opportunity to move beyond localised issues in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Giving the GDLG members exposure to wider issues confronting the region, including the upcoming Goldfields Cashless Debit Card Trial, due to commence in January 2018.

At a local level the group was briefed on issues impacting Laverton and the successful implementation of innovative community-driven solutions. The Laverton community has been particularly effective in building community capacity and are now seeking support from the GDLG to increase their ability to build an even safer and more resilient community, by focusing on improving opportunities for young people in the town.

Local member of the Laverton Aboriginal Residents Group, Bruce Smith, said that the community did not want to waste time dwelling on the barriers.

“Last year a newspaper article said that Laverton has become a town that’s good for kids.  We want to keep it that way and continue to support our young people” said Mr Smith.

Many GDLG members remained in Laverton to continue discussions with local residents and stakeholders. Members also had the opportunity to undertake site visits of local facilities.

The next GDLG meeting will be held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in the New Year.

Goldfields District Leadership Group with representives from the Laverton community. 

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Last reviewed: 06 Dec 2017