Manly MP, James Griffin is encouraging local youth to take advantage of Youth Week activities through to Sunday, 21 April. The theme is Empower! Express! Get Loud!

Local activities include the Bug Challenge at Manly Library this Tuesday and Wednesday from 10.00am and again from 11.30, in which participants work together to solve digital and physical puzzles to obtain a password to escape.

Also on Tuesday is a car maintenance workshop at the Dee Why PCYC car park from 10.30 and again from 1.00pm.

Other activities include an Under 16s Open Mic Night at Dee Why Library on Friday from 5.00pm and on Friday and Saturday there’s an Open-Air Cinema at Fairlight from 5.30.

Further details can be found on the Northern Beaches Council website.

Mr Griffin said Wednesday is ‘Youth Homelessness Matters Day’.

“For many years I have worked with The Burdekin Association based in Brookvale, which does an incredible job of giving young people hope, with a special emphasis on providing suitable housing.”

Burdekin Association CEO, Justene Gordon said, “Youth Homelessness Matters Day aims to raise awareness and public discussion about child and youth homelessness.

“It also seeks to find innovative solutions to support the needs of children and young people at risk of – or currently experiencing – homelessness.”

Mr Griffin said, “Sadly only a fraction of homeless people can be accommodated, highlighting the need for more work in this area.

“If anyone believes they can assist, including through innovative ideas, I encourage them to contact The Burdekin Association through its website, or by phoning 8976 1777, or by emailing [email protected]

“Every young person deserves a safe place to stay.

“I also encourage our local youth to take advantage of the many Youth Week Activities through until Sunday 21st April,” Mr Griffin said.