An interview with a local young person.

What has been the best experience in your life?

Moving out of the Catholic School system. Moving to Byron High made a really good change for me, it meets my criteria and I can have a really good shot at a future now.

What inspires you?

My grandfather, definitely. I can't think of anything I've done that didn't require a little something from him - like his knowledge or money or talking to me. He's a very good person.

Who would you like to meet and what would you ask them?

Oprah -I'd like talk with her ask how she turned her bad past into something positive.

What would you like to see happen in Byron Bay?

If everyone was more friendly in the streets like it used to be. And less smoking,  especially at Top Park, because everyone sits so close to each other, it could really divide the atmosphere, it breaks up groups, conversations. If there was a designated spot for them to smoke where it could affect nobody but themselves.

When do you think a person becomes an adult and how?

I don't think it matters about age, when they take their own responsibilities, make their own appointments, travel, that's what makes somebody a mature adult.

What do you believe in?

I believe in a verbal community where you can say anything and express yourself and talk it out and not resort to those terrible things - war, violence. 'Cause if you don't speak about things it builds up and you end up hating the person way more than you have to.

What has been the worst experience in your life?

The second time my mum kicked me out was the worst. She dropped me off at the car - I had heaps of stuff with me because I just came back from a camping trip and she said 'Get out of the car, don't call me mum.' I didn't understand - made me resent others in authority, teachers or friends, because if I don't understand that's what happens.

What would you like to change in the world?

In a very broad aspect - authority. Just because somebody is trying to teach me why should they control everything I think - put the ideas out there, let me grab them, but then use them for my own good.

What's important in a relationship?

Trust. The person I want to be friends with or a boyfriend - I want to have very inviting energy and makes me feel safe.