Youngsters have their say

FIRING up the music bowl, revitalising Mount Archer and celebrating our community.

That's the vision Jake Kitchiner and his classmates have for Rock

hampton's future.

The Rockhampton High School senior students were speaking ahead of Rockhampton Regional Council's Youth Forum next month.

One of the big ideas the Jake and his classmates had for the city was a festival that could incorporate local entertainment and utilise the Music Bowl, which was closed in 2011.

"It would celebrate what makes our city so great," Jake said.

The students also hoped a festival or "Rocky's Got Talent" would attract tourists the same way Yeppoon's Pinefest did.

Public transport was also something the students wanted to see improved, to attract more people to specific events.

Jake said they also hoped to see Mount Archer revitalised with a nice cafe or restaurant similar to Brisbane's Mount Coot-tha.

They'd also love to see better walking and bike trails around the mountain.

Jake said the ideas they brainstormed were aimed at improving an already great city.

"I like how we're so cultural," he said.

"Everyone's so friendly and we get along with each other."

The Youth Forum is open to those aged 15 to 29 and Deputy Mayor Tony Williams said this generation will be a driving force behind the region's future development.

"It's very important to listen to our younger generation - their vision and ideas now could one day be a reality and help position Rockhampton as a vibrant, buzzing and connected regional city," he said.

"I'll be attending the forum along with other councillors, so there will be every opportunity for participants to share their views and raise any concerns they may have."

Thinking big

What: Rockhampton Regional Council's Youth Forum

When: Tuesday, November 18, 5-8pm.

Where: Fitzroy Room, Rockhampton Regional Library

Topics: Planning for the area, youth facilities, communicating with council, events and tourism opportunities



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