App to help youth get help if they're having problems
THE council has thrown its support behind a new community smart phone application designed for Fraser Coast youngsters.
The app, www.frasercoastyouth.info has been developed to give local youth access to vital information and contacts during times of need.
Councillor for community George Seymour said the app was a fantastic initiative.
"It was developed by local company Boulton's Multimedia who sought input from local youth and community groups when developing the content," he said.
"It's the first of 16 that will be developed across Queensland.
"There have been similar brochures and emergency cards available in the past, but most young people these days have a smart phone, meaning vital information is available at their fingertips."
The information is grouped under a number of categories including:
- News and weather
Cr Seymour said the app allowed youth in need to contact relevant community groups, government departments, youth organisations, charities and hospitals almost instantly.
"It's interactive so the users can call or send SMS, email or Facebook messages at the push of a button," he said.
"The app also includes street maps and directions, links to websites and social media platforms where available and the information is regularly updated to ensure it is accurate.
"Users can also suggest possible listings, if the information they're looking for isn't included on the app.
"We really just want to let the youth of the Fraser Coast know that help is available and they can get assistance if they're having problems.
"As a Fraser Coast councillor and member of the Youthcare board I'm very proud to be a part of it."
The app is a partnership between Fraser Coast Regional Council, Lifeline, Youthcare and a number of other community groups across the Fraser Coast.