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The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide and Catholic Education South Australia are exploring ways to support young people and families in the rapidly-growing suburbs of northern Adelaide.

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Nearly 50 community, industry and government representatives met at the Stretton Centre, Munno Para, last month to discuss the concept of a hub, or village, which would respond to a range of educational, health, social and spiritual needs within the community.

Called Vision for the North, the proposal includes provision of education and training pathways for children and young people from birth to post-secondary education.

Participants in the forum were invited to draw on their experience and expertise to help shape the principles for the Vision for the North.

Archbishop Philip Wilson said the Archdiocese had acknowledged some time ago the need for strategies, resources and actions to support northern Adelaide communities, following the closure of Holden and the flow-on effect.

“We agree there is an imperative to change how we go about providing that support,” he said.

“The Catholic community will renew its contributions to help support thriving communities in the established and fast-growing areas of northern Adelaide.”

Adelaide Vicar General Father Philip Marshall said key themes emerging from the discussions included a need for better connected services and the importance of building a sense of pride and of belonging.

“Young people and families in northern Adelaide are facing increased spiritual, social, health, financial and educational challenges due to a transitioning economy, including the closure of key manufacturing businesses,” he said.

“Many of the problems they are dealing with have endured across generations.”

Fr Marshall said the Archdiocese and CESA would continue to seek the support of government, Playford Council and industry and community groups in forming strong partnerships that would further shape the Vision for the North and begin its implementation.

CESA director Neil McGoran said: “We need to do things differently to get better outcomes for young people and families in northern Adelaide, in all aspects of their lives.

“Engagement with learning at all stages of our lives is key to encouraging understanding and positive participation in the community.”

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