Youth card gets tick of approval
By MARY MANN firstname.lastname@example.org RACHEL FOLEY knows how hard it can be finding the most basic information.
But a new Youth Info Card launched in Ballina this week will make things a whole lot easier for Rachel and her mates.
The card folds up to a wallet-size booklet and lists dozens of useful contact numbers and website addresses aimed at helping local young people.
"It will be so handy, and because it fits in your wallet it's always there when you need it," said Rachel, president of the Ballina High School Student Representative Council (SRC).
SRC vice-president Joshua Jung said the transport information would be useful for him.
"I'd really recommend everyone keep one," he said. The Youth Info Card is a first for Ballina and is a joint project between the Ballina Shire Council and Ballina District Community Services Association's Youth Service (BDCSA).
BDCSA youth development officer Tammy Dibble said the card was designed to keep local young people safe. "The card has informative website addresses that youths can access," she said.
The card also contains telephone numbers for housing, welfare and legal aid, as well as a number of other resources such as youth services, support, sexual health and transport.
The front cover graphic design was created by 19-year-old David Synott, of Wollongbar.
Ballina High principal Ros Mayberry praised the initiative. "It will give the students useful contacts, especially for the school holidays when the support network of the teachers and staff is not available," she said.
If you would like some of the cards, drop into the BDCSA Youth Activity Centre, 32 Swift Street, Ballina. They are also available for free at local libraries and visitor centres, or call 6686 4034.