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Banyule Mayor to talk to NMIT students about tackling drug and alcohol issues

22 Mar 2013

Students from NMIT's Youth Unit (Heidelberg Campus) will meet with a special guest next week for a round table discussion on the important issue of youth and drugs.

Nine NMIT VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) students aged between 16 and 18 will sit down with City of Banyule Mayor, Peter McKenna, to talk and ask questions about the kinds of services needed by young people who live in the Banyule area, with special emphasis on drug abuse prevention through education and support services for youth dealing with drug and alcohol related problems.

Part of the roundtable discussion will review activities and outcomes from a Drug Action Day that NMIT Youth Unit staff organised for students during National Drug Action Week in June.

“The NMIT Drug Action Day was partially funded by the City of Banyule and included guest speakers from Odyssey House, Victoria Police and the Toll Group's Second Step Program who addressed NMIT students on drug and alcohol related issues,” said NMIT Youth Unit (Managed Individual Pathways) staff member, James Long.

“We focused on issues such as binge drinking and cannabis abuse which, while considered by many as 'soft' drugs, are widespread issues with large social and health impacts, particularly on youth.”

“The day also included educational materials, a BBQ and Morning Tea plus fun activities such as a handball competition run by players from the Preston Bullants.”

Nine NMIT VCAL students (3 from each VCAL level i.e. Foundation, Intermediate and Senior) will meet with Mayor McKenna for the roundtable discussion.

What: NMIT VCAL students roundtable discussion with Peter McKenna, Mayor of Banyule.
When: Wednesday 2 November, 11 am.
Where: Technical Education Centre, NMIT Heidelberg campus.

Followup: Testimonial from Banyule City Council

"I just wanted to say a quick thank you for having us out yesterday. I know Peter and myself were absolutely thrilled with the depth of conversation and how well the young people presented themselves. Their conversation was respectful, passionate and very enlightening. Their stories and ability to share them in such a forum is a tribute to their resilience and the opportunities given to them at the Youth Unit. NMIT should be very proud as I know I was yesterday after meeting them."

"It was an absolute pleasure being a part of the day and I hope we can do it again soon,"

Jess Sayers
Local Area Development & Support
Youth & Community Partnerships
Banyule City Council

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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