Activities for teens needed in Tahmoor

Active: Tahmoor's Kylie Campbell is worried her children, Billy MIell, Macy-Anne and Lexus, won't have anything to keep them entertained as teenagers. Picture: Simon Bennett
Active: Tahmoor's Kylie Campbell is worried her children, Billy MIell, Macy-Anne and Lexus, won't have anything to keep them entertained as teenagers. Picture: Simon Bennett

Tahmoor resident Kylie Campbell has called on parents to educate their children about respecting the community.

Ms Campbell took to Facebook to tell parents that teenagers were being public nuisances by riding their bikes and scooters after 10pm two weeks ago.

“Parents need to be more vigilant and know where their kids are at night,” she said.

“These teenagers were making a racket and carrying on. The kids need to be more aware and respectful of families.

“In the past I have had to call the police because kids have been screaming and yelling. It is beyond a joke.

“The kids are bored and are looking for something to do and unfortunately they are turning to illegal activities.”

Ms Campbell would like to see more activities in Tahmoor to entertain children and teenagers in the afternoon and at night.

“We need more than a skate park in the town,” she said. “It would be great if we had a Police Citizens Youth Club where kids can go to a gym to let off steam.

“Someone on the Facebook post suggested setting up a youth cafe or a youth group.

“A lot of parents in Tahmoor can’t afford to give their children money so any project would have to be community-funded or by a youth organisation.

“There is not much for kids to do and I dread when my kids get to that age because they won’t have anything to do. But I will definitely know where they are.”

Wollondilly Council’s infrastructure and environment director Michael Malone reminded locals of the great activities in the area.

He said there was a Southern Highlands PCYC open Monday to Friday in Mittagong, which also provided a range of outreach activities in Wollondilly.

“These activities include sporting activities at the Tahmoor sportsground, targeted projects at the Wollondilly Leisure Centre and projects in partnership with Picton High School,” he said.

“Many of the projects are open to all young people with the targeted projects focusing on youth at risk of truancy or delinquency.”

Mr Malone said the council had recently run a workshop for young people and another on mental health is scheduled for October 25 in the youth hub.

“Council partners with Community Links Wollondilly and other organisations to provide events, projects and activities for young people.”

Mr Malone said the council had recently renewed the Ibbotson Reserve play facility, resealed the tennis courts and installed a new awning at the Tahmoor Netball Club building. There is also a new pump track at the BMX DNA Park.