Youth unemployment is high in Moreland, as it is around Australia. It is important that our council, along with residents and unions within Moreland, recognise that while this situation continues, our future skill base is being steadily eroded. A new generation of young people is losing their chance for a decent start in life. Our council should work to eliminate this situation.
One practical step could be for Moreland Council to act more publicly on its opposition to the Ballieu government’s cuts to TAFE colleges. These cuts will destroy jobs in the TAFE sector and deny much needed job training opportunities for young people. The Council has done the right thing in opposing the cuts but it should do more to rally the community and link up with other councils and the relevant unions.