Photo: Roma School-based Youth Heath Nurse Tim Crawshaw is keen to promote health and wellbeing
among the region’s young people.

Young people will get the chance to sample a wide range of activities and services available to them in
the Maranoa region at the inaugural Roma Recreation Expo in August.

Roma School-based Youth Heath Nurse Tim Crawshaw said local service, sports, social and
recreational clubs and groups were being invited to participate in the Expo.

Schools from Roma and the surrounding region, including Mitchell, Surat, Injune and Wallumbilla, also
would be attending, he said.

““We want the Expo to be a one-stop shop for young people to see what’s available to them,’’ he said.

“It’s also a great opportunity for local clubs and groups to attract and build membership by introducing
young people to a sport, hobby, recreation activity or community service they might be interested in
pursuing. The more interactive and fun they can make their stall the better!’’

Mr Crawshaw said the aim of the Expo was to build connectedness for young people with their
community.

“Joining local sports, hobby, recreation or service groups is a good way for young people to make friends
build connections and get closer to their communities,’’ he said.

“It’s also a good way of increasing physical activity and healthy behaviours and building resilience.

“But we need the support of as many local clubs and groups as possible to make the Expo a success.’’

The Expo is being organised by the South West HHS for all the students of Roma State College and
surrounding schools and will be held at the Roma State College Senior Campus on 17 August.

Mr Crawshaw said stallholders would need to plan to arrive at the school around 8.30 am and be
prepared to remain until 3 pm if demand from young people attending was strong. Participation will
require a current blue card.

“Stallholders will need to bring marketing material containing information that young people can read to
learn more about what is being offered, times, prices, etc,’’ he said.

Mr Crawshaw said early confirmation of interest in participating in the Expo would help plan for a
successful event on the day.

“I therefore encourage any club or group interested in participating to contact me as soon as possible
and lock in their attendance,’’ he said.

• Your RSVP to attend the Expo is required ASAP to assist with planning. This can be done
by emailing Tim Crawshaw on: timothy.crawshaw@health.qld.gov.au

ENDS

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au