Kiama council, students tackle youth-related issues

Russell Park, Mark Way, Kathy Rice, Andrew Sloan, Brian Petschler and Bryan Whittaker.

Russell Park, Mark Way, Kathy Rice, Andrew Sloan, Brian Petschler and Bryan Whittaker.

Kiama's councillors swapped the council chambers for Kiama High School's library on Tuesday for the council's annual youth engagement meeting.

The formal meeting included 13 reports on youth-related issues, ranging from road safety projects and employment opportunities, to scholarship grants and the council's updated busking policy.

In response, councillors were presented with a range of "questions without notice" from Kiama High's student representative council on issues such as car parking, street lighting on pedestrian crossings, the expansion of Kiama's organic waste program and specialist bins for fishing lines around Kiama Harbour.

Traffic concerns on Meehan Drive, Kiama Downs and Jamberoo Road were also raised.

Mayor Brian Petschler said the meeting was formal and worked into the council's annual schedule.

"Resolutions are passed and the questions asked will be formally addressed at our next ordinary council meeting," he said.

"We think this meeting is an important one, we have had a number of these meetings now.

"To have this council engage with our youth is very important to hear their concerns and ideas."

Cr Petschler said councillors were also expecting a report from the recent Kiama Youth Forum.

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