The Cabarita Beach/Bogangar community is invited to a public meeting on August 3 at 7pm to support a new project sponsored by local clubs designed to tackle youth problems in the area.

The aim of the project is to engage young people aged 13 to 18 in healthy and constructive activities in a safe and supportive environment.

Council’s Youth Development Officer Margaret Strong said it was hoped community members would become involved in the project by attending the meeting on Monday 3 August at 7 pm at the Cabarita Sports Club.

“We aim to encourage young people and community members to work together to change perceptions and break down barriers between the generations,” Ms Strong said.

“This has already happened with a group of young people and some local business people developing the application for funding together.

“If we can engage young people in this process, it will help prevent and reduce anti-social and risk-taking behaviour by the young people and support them to experience a sense of belonging and connectedness to the community.”

The project has the backing of Tweed clubs, who provided a grant of $27,950 for the project from the Community Development Support Expenditure Scheme (CDSE).

A co-ordinator will be employed for 15 hours a week to oversee the project and recruit and support volunteers.

For more information call Margaret Strong on (02) 6670 2262 or email mstrong@tweed.nsw.gov.au