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Nearly half the population (45%) of the New England are under the age of 34. Even so retention & attraction of young people to stay, return and migrate to the region is a key issue, particularly since historically large numbers of young people have left the region during their 20s and 30s. Some return with young families. Anecdotally there is a growing desire of young people to stay, however key issues are enterprise & employment opportunities, as well as more generally a desire to have a more youth-friendly environment, culture, creative & recreational opportunities.

Youth led network for sustainability, coordinator, opportunities & training in sustainability, leadership & environmental initiatives to overcome disillusionment, Facebook Group, public spaces for youth to be heard, Frog Dreaming Conference, Build professional & practitioner networks, join NGOs Encourage younger families to move, address outlying school participation decline Activities & Facilities for Youth, hold a series of forums to identify facilities needs, Alma Park Skating Rink, Urallarap, Meeting Place, kid friendly New enterprises, traineeships & youth jobs, supporting young people & local businesses, trades, renewal of apprentices (particularly Aboriginal), attract new broadband based enterprises – computer skills appealing to youth, promote support group & programs, youth scholarships, young & flexible workforce for ICT, training & mentoring, harness know-how & enthusiasm to develop websites & social media portals, sponsoring the maintenance of track sections by youth organisations

• • • What other current initiatives aren't represented? How do we better integrate, collaborate & support across various initiatives & strategies? What else do we need to do now?

Eco-Youth Awards, Environmental Award, National, architectural students’ design competition for sustainable eco-lodges & refurbishment, sustainable & beautiful streetscapes, festival, develop park facilities for children for both locals and City -Region Campaign between visitors, ese multi-purpose school centre NESAC, UNE & students, develop ‘Healthy Kids’ program with schools & tele-cottage, youth services including annual prize for most Use cartoons & other creative effective activity educational tools Page 1 of 2

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Indicators for Youth were not specifically considered at the Scorecard Round Table, however the below measures are potentially relevant. Education & Employment – participation rates, school, VET & tertiary graduates, literacy / numeracy, early childhood access, workforce participation, wage parity Awareness & Capability to Lead & Engage in sustainable initiatives, decision-making, access to resources, participation in decisionmaking Other measures identified but not defined included development & adoption of new technologies (innovation), resource use & footprints – draw-downs on future generations.
Climate Change Consensus ~ Uralla, Guyra & Armidale Councils 2010 Northern Tablelands Electorate Survey ~ ‘The shape of the future’ Waterfall Way Eco-Tourism Initiative Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan ~ Uralla, Guyra, Walcha & Armidale Councils

University of New England Strategic Uralla Creative Village Plan (2007 - 2010) Northern Inland Regional Development Plan (2010‐2015) Local Government Plans – Walcha Social Plan, Armidale Strategic Community Plan, Guyra Management Plan & Uralla Community Management Plan Catchment Management Action Plans ~ Namoi, Border-Rivers Gwydir Healthy People ~ Living and Learning in a Health Environment Southern New England State of the Environment Report (2008-2009) NSW State Government North West Regional Cluster Rural and Regional Taskforce Report (2008)

In addition to the 2½ years of work on NESS, the following existing plans, priorities and strategies have been integrated:

Hunter New England Health Service NSW Aboriginal Land Council Strategic Plan & New England Northern Region Regional Divisions of General Practice Economic Development Strategy & Implementation Plan Page 2 of 2

NESS is an initiative of