The future is for the youth to shape

Graham Mantle

Graham Mantle

The Port Lincoln City Council recently completed a $400,000 upgrade to the skate park of which we are all very proud.

Half of the cost was met by a grant from the state government.

The facility now meets the needs of a wider and younger range of participants and it is pleasing to see the enthusiasm and good will with which it is used. 

The facility, however, satisfies a relatively small proportion of our young people and it is perhaps timely to bring to the attention of the users and to those who desire other facilities, the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth. 

“Always we hear the cry from teenagers ‘What can we do, where can we go?’ 

“My answer is, go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you’ve finished, read a book.

“Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun.

“The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something.

“You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.

In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone.

“Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed.

“It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. 

“Someday is now and that somebody is you.”

I don't suppose many teenagers read this column but these sentiments are worth sharing. 

The final stage of the $10-million upgrade to the leisure centre has commenced. Use the facilities provided in the city with respect. Look after them. 

And, young people, take the words of this judge to heart.

The future is yours to grasp and shape or reshape.