The University of Newcastle, Australia

Students help shape the future of the Central Coast

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre (NSW Department of Education) is working with the NSW Department of Planning & Environment and the University of Newcastle (UON) Central Coast to organise a Youth Forum for high school students as part of the consultation process for the draft Central Coast Regional Plan.

The draft Central Coast Regional Plan has recently been released and is the proposed blueprint for the region for the next 20 years.  High School students from across the Central Coast are being invited to a one day forum to talk about what they value in the region and discuss what is important to them now and into the future.

“What our young people think about the Central Coast and their vision for the future is important to this planning process,” said Jane Smith, from Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to encourage the leadership potential of our students. We are looking for students that are keen to think about what’s important now and in the future, look at our region from a variety of perspectives and are willing to have a say.”

“The Department of Planning and Environment has committed to including the outcomes of the forum as part of the consultation process in the preparation of the final Central Coast Regional Plan,” said Robert Hodgkins, Department of Planning and Environment. “Our young people are an important stakeholder in the region and will be shaping the region in years to come”.

The UON Central Coast is a key partner in the event and will host the Forum at the Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah.

“A shared vision and future with our Central Coast community, in support of a strong region, is at the heart of UON’s NeW Futures Strategic Plan for the Central Coast,” said Trevor Gerdsen, UON Director of Regional Campuses.

“UON is proud to host this important event to share ideas on a future blueprint for the Central Coast.”

The Forum will be held on Friday, 19 February, 2016 at the Central Coast Campus of the University of Newcastle.

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