6 – Youth

Youth Policy

Council’s ‘Community Plan’ should include purposes of taking responsibility for:
(i) Understanding the needs and aspirations of adolescents and their preferred lifestyles
(ii) As best as possible, meeting the needs and aspirations of adolescents and their preferred lifestyles
(iii) Over-sighting, monitoring, and advocating for appropriate education and training to prepare young people for both vocation, lifestyle and cultural development.
(iv) Seeking NSW and Federal Government support for aspects of Council’s Youth Plan which falls into state and Federal jurisdictions
(v) Regularly reviewing inputs and outcomes concerning youth participation in lifestyle and vocation


AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WOULD UNDERTAKE TO WORK WITH THE CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL TO PRODUCE, AND REGULARLY REVIEW, A COMPREHENSIVE AND INTEGRATED PLAN FOR THE CENTRAL COAST … A PLAN WHICH REFLECTS THE EXPRESSED ‘PREFERRED FUTURE’OF THE CENTRAL COAST’S CITIZENRY.

Elements/Actions:

6.1 Local Community Engagement

6.1.1 Council should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, and in collaboration with NGOs associated with youth policy and experiences, hold well-publicised Youth Forums to consider Central Coast provisions of:
* environmentally desirable, future, technologically-advanced industries and jobs;
* strong TAFE provision supportive of these Central Coast industries and jobs
* a new and independent, Central Coast University supportive of these Central Coast
industries and jobs
* services for youth health, youth sport, youth elective and extension education
* after-school and weekend/holiday centres with concentrations of high-interest,
intellectually & physically stretching events, engagements, learning, &
performance
* cultural centres where music, language, heritage, performing arts, and artworks
can be developed and performed.

IN THE EVENT THAT COUNCIL IS UNABLE, OR UNWILLING, TO UNDERTAKE THIS BOTTOM-UP, CITIZEN-LED BASIS FOR YOUTH PLANNING, THEN I UNDERTAKE TO SPONSOR SUCH COLLABORATIONS AS THE ELECTED MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON.

6.2 Central Coast Council:

6.2.1 Council should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, 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 should, amongst other matters, include considerations of:
(i) Creating a locally based and managed University 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].

IN THE EVENT THAT COUNCIL IS UNABLE, OR UNWILLING, TO UNDERTAKE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A ‘CENTRAL COAST YOUTH PLAN’ IN 2019, THEN I UNDERTAKE TO DO SO IN THE CLOSEST COLLABORATION WITH YOUTH, YOUTH WORKERS, AND CENTRAL COAST ACADEMICS.


6.2.2 Council should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, 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: pre-schooling; 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 should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, in
collaboration with the NBN/Telcos for very fast gigabit 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.

AS THE ELECTED MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON, AND IN UNITY WITH OTHER CROSS-BENCH MEMBERS, I UNDERTAKE TO PERSISTENTLY SEEK TREASURY FUNDING FOR THESE INITIATIVES, WITH OR WITHOUT COUNCIL SUPPORT.


6.2.4 Council should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, 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 .

AS THE ELECTED MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON, AND IN UNITY WITH OTHER CROSS BENCH MEMBERS, I UNDERTAKE TO PERSISTENTLY SEEK TREASURY FUNDING FOR THIS CRUCIAL INITIATIVE, WITH OR WITHOUT COUNCIL SUPPORT.


6.2.5 Council should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, 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 Central Coast youth.

AS THE ELECTED MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON, AND IN UNITY WITH OTHER CROSS-BENCH MEMBERS, I UNDERTAKE TO PERSISTENTLY SEEK TREASURY FUNDING FOR THIS INITIATIVE, WITH OR WITHOUT COUNCIL SUPPORT.

6.3. NSW Government:

6.3.1 Council should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, 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; A regional based TAFE & University.

6.3.2 Council should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, seek funding and bureaucratic support from the NSW Government for two Start-Up Innovation Centres in the designated growth corridors.
6.3.3 Council should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, 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 should, with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, 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 should, IN CONJUNCTION, and with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, 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 should, IN CONJUNCTION, and with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, seek funding and bureaucratic support from the Federal Government for two Start-Up Innovation Centres, ONE IN GOSFORD, ONE IN WOY WOY
6.4.3 Council should, IN CONJUNCTION, and with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, 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 should, IN CONJUNCTION, and with the active support of the Federal Member for Robertson, following the review in 6.2.5, seek partnerships and funding opportunities for both sporting and cultural pursuits.

AS THE ELECTED MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON, AND IN UNITY WITH OTHER CROSS BENCH MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I UNDERTAKE TO PERSISTENTLY SEEK TREASURY FUNDING FOR THE ELEMENTS OF THIS ‘CENTRAL COAST YOUTH POLICY’ INITIATIVE, WITH OR WITHOUT COUNCIL SUPPORT.


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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.


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.