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Braains needed for Lismore’s new youth council

FROM LEFT, Maverick Walker 19, Kristian Keogh, 20, Kaatja Rose Pond, 21, and Krystal De La Porte, 10, prepare for the Zombie Walk.
FROM LEFT, Maverick Walker 19, Kristian Keogh, 20, Kaatja Rose Pond, 21, and Krystal De La Porte, 10, prepare for the Zombie Walk. Cathy Adams

A ZOMBIE Walk and "geeky performance art" show are two of the big events planned this year under the newly-formed youth High Council.

The council is made up of "nerds, geeks and enthusiasists" who meet fortnightly to plan youth-led events in the community.

Laurie Thring thought up the idea while he was living in Coffs Harbour, as a way to get young people out of the house.

"A lot of youth these days are stuck in their rooms playing video games and they don't get out much and socialise," he said.

"The idea was to get them to continue doing what they enjoy doing but in an open space where they can meet people and discover new interests."

The council is supported by RealArtWorks and Ability Links.

Sunita Bala from RealArtWorks said the response from their first monthly event, the Anime movie and game evening, was positive.

"What we found when talking to the youth was that there's nothing like this in the area," she said.

"They love the fact that they can walk into a room full of strangers, and identify that people have the same passions and interests.

"It's a safe place for people who don't normally socialise."

Kristian Keogh, a member of the High Council, said regular youth-focused events created new opportunities to make new friends.

"I think that's one of the harder things for anybody really, is to find your own group, to find your own in-group," he said.

"It's much easier when there are certain events happening around that can bring them all together."

Anyone interested in joining the High Council can attend an information evening on February 4 at 5pm at SeeSpace, 110 Magellan St.



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