Campbelltown forum to focus on community issues


Date: 25/11/2002


Campbelltown residents are invited to discuss issues and problems facing the region, at a University of Western Sydney community forum this Thursday.

Topics to be covered include adult and youth unemployment, women's health, social divisions, and resources for people with disabilities.

Researcher Helen Masterman-Smith from the School of Humanities says the forum aims to identify issues of concern within the local community, and establish ways of working co-operatively on these problems.

"UWS academics and community representatives will be making short presentations on current and future projects which are relevant to the local community," Ms Masterman-Smith says.

"UWS researchers will also discuss outworking within the clothing industry, how non-government organisations are coping with demand on their services, young people's attitudes to driving, and whether worker co-operatives might help resolve employment problems."

Ms Masterman-Smith says UWS hopes the forum will help form new links with the local community.

"Often we find that many people are working on the same problem from different angles. We hope that this forum will create a more cohesive approach to solving problems," she says.

"UWS also wants to explore avenues to obtain funding for research projects, and to establish new partnerships with local industry.

"We hope that this type of direct contact will help boost the resources available to Campbelltown residents, and help develop closer ties between the University and the community," Ms Helen Masterman-Smith says.

What:'Campbelltown Matters' community forum
When:9am-5pm, Thursday November 28, 2002
Where:Campbelltown Youth Centre, Broughton Street, Campbelltown

Tea and coffee will be provided. For enquiries, contact Helen Masterman-Smith on 4620 3152 or Denise Campbell on 4620 3123, or email to h.masterman-smith@uws.edu.au

Media Enquiries:
Angela McIntyre
Senior Media Officer
02-9852 5822
0419 244 595
Email: a.mcintyre@uws.edu.au

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