YES: Boredom affects our kids
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
SONYA SOULSBY has spent a year working out a solution to anti-social youth behaviour in Lennox Head ? all she needs now is money. The founder of community group Youth Entertainment Space (YES) says the problem is simple. "There's nowhere for young people to go at night," she said. "They're not doing anything that anyone else their age wouldn't be doing in a town with no youth facilities." Ballina Shire Council recognised the need for youth services shire-wide at a meeting this month, voting to push for recognition of the problem as a Federal election issue. Cr Alan Rich put forward the motion to give Richmond candidates a chance to publicly commit support for the establishment of more youth facilities in the shire. The YES committee has already decided what Lennox Head needs to get young people off its streets at night. "They need a space where they can meet, learn and socialise in safety ? a building like a relocated house would do as an interim solution," Ms Soulsby said. "They've asked us for things like a pool table, but also organised activities like graffiti workshops, dancing...and they want access to services like confidential GPs, counsellors, health clinics and legal aid." Ms Soulsby said an ideal site for the Lennox Head youth centre was the Williams Reserve between the cricket nets, recreation hall and CWA hall. She said 60 local residents had already volunteered to help with the project.