Monday, 03 July 2017 15:04

Beyond stereotypes: Western Sydney's next generation

Young people at a local community centre in Western Sydney. Young people at a local community centre in Western Sydney.

A recent survey conducted by NFP Youth Action has asked 18 – 25 year olds across Greater Western Sydney what makes them smile about living in the region.

The results are in and the final report shows that Western Sydney is more than just its stereotypes, it is a region of supportive communities, vibrant cultural diversity, and a young generation full of optimism about the future.

Youth Action’s survey revealed Western Sydney’s young people feel a strong sense of pride in Western Sydney’s cultural diversity, and the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life.

Globally aware, but locally connected, survey respondents listed friendly neighbourhoods and local events as things they loved about Western Sydney. Highlighting the important role local government plays in building community cohesion through local events, cultural celebrations and social infrastructure.

While the study shows young people are optimistic about the progress they see in Western Sydney, they also expressed a desire to balance development with protection of the region’s natural assets.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This report from Youth Action really paints a positive picture of Western Sydney’s young people; a more complex representation than what we normally see.

“It’s sad that some people feel it is easier to refer to yesteryear’s stereotypical one dimensional character of a person living in Western Sydney and ignore the region’s rich diversity and history of achievement – whether artistic, academic or on the sportsfield.

“Western Sydney is a region of opportunity.  We have our challenges, as with all areas across Australia, but we also have plenty of success stories that have shaped not only the local area but Australia and internationally.

“I am extremely encouraged by the pride young people feel for Western Sydney, and their optimism for its future,” he said.

 

Further information:

Youth Action: Greater Western Sydney: Beyond Stereotypes (June, 2017)