Busselton's generation gap

Busselton Dunsborough Times

Busselton could eventually lose all its young people as they are forced to chase job opportunities elsewhere, the youth community has warned.

Lorrae Loud, the chief executive of mental health service LAMP which recently opened a youth centre, said jobs for young people were hard to come by.

“There is not enough training opportunities to get the experience to get the jobs,” she said.

“I personally have three children and two don’t live in Busselton because the work is not available here.”

“A lot (of young people) become successful in their jobs away so there is no chance they will come back to Busselton.”

Results of the recent Busselton Shire Council community survey revealed only 10 per cent of youth believed there was a great deal of employment opportunities, while one in three believed there was only a little opportunity.

The council’s Youth Voice for Youth survey showed close to 90 per cent of young people who responded were looking at going to university or TAFE and more than 60 per cent were leaving Busselton to achieve this.

Community and commercial services director Naomi Searle told the Times youth employment was an ongoing issue which had been identified in the Capes Regional Economic Development Strategy.

“The strategy identified a widening gap between educational attainment in the Capes region and the rest of WA which will undoubtedly shape the face of employment in years to come,” she said.

Youth advisory group Southern Rip co-ordinator Cassandra Atkinson said the training and courses available did not reflect the jobs availablein Busselton.

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