Cowper candidate Rob Oakeshott visited the Nambucca Youthie to see how he could help

KEEPING THE YOUNG SAFE: Nambucca Youthie team from left, Deidre Bear, Toby Frost, Steve Montgomery, Chris Hewgill and Kas Hirst with Rob Oakeshott
KEEPING THE YOUNG SAFE: Nambucca Youthie team from left, Deidre Bear, Toby Frost, Steve Montgomery, Chris Hewgill and Kas Hirst with Rob Oakeshott

Having picked up on the financial stresses faced by the Nambucca Youthie, Cowper candidate Rob Oakeshott dropped in to see how best to use his energies to help.

"I've been thinking about what I see as my five clear jobs to help the Youthie keep providing their great community service," Mr Oakeshott said.

"Top of the list is to resolve the tenure of the site. We then need to get decent funding for more than a one or a three-year cycle and explore partnerships with programs like headspace.

"It is also important to find ways to help management with paid youth worker positions and I intend to move mountains to make Toby Frost's We Give Two Hoots program the best on the coast.

"My view on young people is very clear - on my watch, young people matter. They deserve respect, not ridicule from all of us.

"The days of barbed wire around skate-parks is over. I will fight make sure our region has vibrant, youth friendly towns ... because, hey, it keeps us all young if we do."

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