Youth at home in Kimba

YOUTHFUL: Courtney Johnson, Kimba, said she loves living in Kimba because of how friendly everyone is.
YOUTHFUL: Courtney Johnson, Kimba, said she loves living in Kimba because of how friendly everyone is.

KIMBA’S population is among the most youthful in the region and young people are happy to stay in the town to their pursue work and study options.

The 2016 Census data, which highlighted in the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association’s 2016/17 annual report, showed  23.2 per cent of Kimba’s population was 14 years old or younger, while the Eyre Peninsula’s median age is 42.

The annual report also stated around 30 per cent of young people leave the Eyre Peninsula each year for work or study in Adelaide.

However, young people in Kimba are bucking the trend and are staying in their home town and choosing study externally.

I’ve been doing most of my study externally, and when a job came up here, it was just easier to stay here where I already knew my clients.

Kevin Dart

Kimba resident Kevin Dart said friends and family staying in Kimba was a factor for him to also stay in his hometown after finishing school.

“Most of my school class hung around in Kimba and I’ve got all my family here as well,” he said.

“I’ve been doing most of my study externally, and when a job came up here, it was just easier to stay here where I already knew my clients.”

Mr Dart said he loved that Kimba was a “typical small town community” where everyone knew each other.

Courtney Johnson, 20, also chose to stay in Kimba after she finished year 12 and said she enjoyed the tight-knit community life.

She said she did not know what she wanted to do after finishing school and decided to stay in Kimba and work in her family’s business. 

“Everyone is really friendly, and it’s nice knowing everyone here,” Ms Johnson said.

Keely Westhoff, 20, said she was comfortable living in Kimba for the rest of her life and there was plenty of employment opportunities.

“I stuck around because I couldn’t see myself ever living in the city, and I had a part time job already,” she said.

Miss Westhoff said she then got a full-time job in Kimba and now did not see herself leaving anytime soon.

She said her reasons for staying in Kimba were much the same as Miss Johnson’s and Mr Dart’s.

“Everyone in Kimba is really, really friendly and you can go to anyone in town any time you need any help,” Miss Westhoff said.