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New survey shows how young people feel

By TILEAH DOBSON Young people in Australia today are dealing with copious amounts of stress. From social, physical, financial, and now a pandemic was ...

By TILEAH DOBSON

Young people in Australia today are dealing with copious amounts of stress. From social, physical, financial, and now a pandemic was thrown in, it’s no wonder most of us are anxiety-riddled messes.

New research conducted by the Monash Centre for Youth Policy and Education (CYPEP) has found that youth people are experiencing more financial worries than ever before.

The 2021 Australian Youth Barometer, which had been conducted by CYPEP, surveyed over 500 Australians between the ages of 18-24. The report focused on the views of young Australians on topics such as education, employment, health and wellbeing, finances, housing, civic participation and Covid-19’s impact.

One of the biggest concerns found in the study was security for young Australians. 69 per cent of young people felt it was the government’s responsibility to ensure access to affordable housing for everyone. Their biggest concern in this area was whether or not they’d be able to afford a house in the current market.

22 per cent said they were struggling financially, with food and housing their main priorities. Young Australians with a disability were 1.7 times more likely to report financial difficulties.

Director of CYPEP, Professor Lucas Walsh, says the findings have highlighted the complex picture of what it means to be a young Australian.

“The Barometer highlights a mix of positivity and resilience amongst young people, while also showing deeper challenges related to their futures,” Professor Walsh said.

“The survey findings showed the pressures some young Australians were under and provided an insight into understanding what ‘the new normal’ might look like post-COVID and how we can collectively build thriving communities and sustainable futures for the benefit of all Australians.”

With a variety of issues and obstacles in their path, it’s a wonder why young Australians struggle under the weight. Photo: Western Sydney University/Facebook.

Although the reported buy-now-pay-later services like Afterpay have a negative impact on their finances, 53 per cent are reportedly using them on a regular basis. Social media was given mixed feelings by the participants, despite their stereotypes.

29 per cent of people, just under a third, reported having poor or very poor mental health. Chair of CYPEP Advisory Board, Katrina Reynen OAM, attributes these results to young Australians experiencing ‘unprecedented’ times and continuing to make up the new normal as they go along.

“We can all learn so much from young people who own the responsibility of ensuring that their world and policies reflect their needs,” Reynen said.

“The Youth Barometer is a brilliant way to amplify the voices of young people and is underpinned by the world-renowned research capability of Monash University. This important work has laid a baseline of youth voice which will enable future evaluations to track youth sentiment, anxiety, attitudes, hopes and dreams.”

Despite living through a pandemic and switching to online learning, the survey found 58 per cent of young people were satisfied with online learning. This hugely outweighs the 14.7 per cent that was unsatisfied with the new switch to learning.

Tileah Dobson is an editor for W’SUP and the news editor for the Sydney Sentinel.

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Western Sydney gains a new sports centre

By TILEAH DOBSON As the year draws to a close, exciting things are in the works for early 2022. Western Sydney will be gaining a new indoor sports cen...

By TILEAH DOBSON

As the year draws to a close, exciting things are in the works for early 2022. Western Sydney will be gaining a new indoor sports centre, set to open in March 2022.

The Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre, which will be located in Camellia, Western Sydney, is a 5,000 metre-square sports centre that will contain four FIBA basketball courts. It’ll also house over 21 sports and activities that will allow up to 1,000 spectators. A café for food, an outdoor garden styled milk bar, multipurpose training rooms, a soft play gym for children and family-friendly rooms.

This sports centre is the combined dream of Co-Founders of the Western Sydney Wolves and Diverse Abilities, Ronnie Khalil and Medeya Hamzze. The pair released a joint statement, expressed their joy at their vision coming true.

“The new indoor centre is a win for the Paramatta local government area and for Western Sydney as a whole,” they said.

“After an intense past two years dealing with lockdowns, the Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre will not only offer an outlet for families and members of the community to enjoy a multitude of sports and recreational activities, but on the economical level, a significant amount of money will be injected into the local economy.’’

For Billbergia Managing Director and owner, John Kinsella AM, this is a good move for the local community.

“For us, creating communities means investing in an environment that brings families and community members together, and inspires and promotes healthy, active lifestyles. We’re thrilled to be part of this transformational project for the community of Camellia,” Kinsella said.

The new sports centre will offer a wide range of indoor activities for residents to enjoy. Photo: Western Sydney Wolves/Facebook.

Billbergia has already signed a one-year partnership with Sydney FC A-League Women’s team and has sponsored the Sydney FC Academy which assists with the Sydney FC Youth Academy. These are just a few of the long list of investments Billbergia has made when it comes to supporting players, of all ages, across all sports.

Minister for Sport, Natalie Ward has stated her support for the stadium.

“The Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre is a win for the community, revolutionising the competitor experience and injecting millions of dollars into the local economy,” Ward said.

Member for Parramatta, Dr Geoff Lee has also voiced his support for the incoming stadium.

“The Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre forms part of an unprecedented investment in infrastructure in the area,” Dr Lee said.

“With improvements to integrated transport links and investment in local cultural facilities, Billbergia Indoor Sports Centre will be an extremely inviting precinct with a multi-use sports centre, outdoor space, indoor activity centre and kids play areas forming part of the project.”

Once the centre is completed and open, it’ll become the new home for the West Sydney Wolves Basketball Association. The centre is currently on track to be open in early 2022.

Tileah Dobson is an editor for W’SUP and the news editor for the Sydney Sentinel.