Youth exodus begins to slow

OF the 171 people theMurraylands lost to netemigration in the 12months to June 2011, 149were aged between 15 and24 years.
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But, the number of youthleaving was significantlydown on previous years,with net losses of morethan 250 young peopleeach year from 2007 to2010.

Murray Bridge HighSchool student FlynnWatson, 17, chairs MyGen,a Murraylands networkdesigned to invigorate theregion for youth.

He said although heknew some people wereleaving the Murraylands,he was surprised at theextent of the exodus.

“Most people have grownup around Murray Bridgetheir whole life and theyjust want to move,” he said.

“They just want achange and a lot of themfind Adelaide a bigger andbetter city with more people.”

Flynn said most of hisfriends were planning tomove away from the regionfor university, and he wasalso hoping to move toAdelaide to become a scientist.

“There’s jobs (in theMurraylands), but notlong-term careers foryouth,” he said.

“I love Murray Bridgebut we don’t have any universities.

“There’s a lot of jobsavailable for tradies andthere’s a lot of trainingavailable for those whowant to become tradies.

“But again it’s that highereducation that’s notavailable at the moment.”

Flynn said he expectedthat in the next 20 years,emigration would slow andthe region would begin toretain its youth, particularlyin Murray Bridge.

“I think eventually youthwill come back to MurrayBridge,” he said.

“As Murray Bridge slowlyincreases and slowly getsbigger, youth will start tostay in Murray Bridgemore and more, but it’s justpart of that gradualgrowth, slowly getting biggerand better.”

Love for the region: MyGen chair Flynn Watson is pictured at The Station, where he is involved in making the area hospitable to youth.

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