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East Gippsland Youth Ambassadors

Applications for the 2021 program closed in February.

Youth Ambassadors are a group of young people aged 12–25 living, studying and working across East Gippsland who are committed instigators of positive change in their community, a group with the unique opportunity to influence, lead change and to assist local government in understanding the needs of East Gippsland youth. 

East Gippsland Shire Council Youth Ambassadors is a group of young people aged 12-25 who are passionate about creating positive change in their local community. 

Becoming a Youth Ambassador provides an opportunity for young people to discuss youth issues, have a meaningful engagement with the established Council and have a say about the future of their community.   

Youth Ambassadors are instigators of positive change for young people in East Gippsland and their mission is to ensure young people are engaged and feel as valued citizens in the community.   

Youth Ambassadors participate in training opportunities, community consultations and events as well as develop and implement their own action plan with goals and ambitions they work towards achieving each year. 

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Bairnsdale Skate Park Official Opening and Skate Park Leagues Series Comp

Official opening Bairnsdale Skate Park Saturday 10 April at 10am

Bairnsdale Skate Park Official Opening

Due to easing of restrictions the time has come to officially open the newly re-designed and re-developed Bairnsdale Skate Park, which will be followed by a Skate Park Leagues competition!

Enrol on the day or on the Skate Park Leagues website or on Facebook

Event timetable:

10.00am – Official Opening

11.00am – Scoot

12.30pm – BMX

1.30pm – Skate

Skate Park Leagues Series

These competitions are national grassroots events that give young people the opportunity to showcase their scooter, skateboard and BMX skills and abilities.

The Skate Park Leagues competitions are open to young people of all age groups and skill levels.

For more information, visit the Skate Park Leagues website.

For both these events COVID-19 precautions will be in place.

You must carry carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

Face masks are mandatory outdoors whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres from others.

COVIDSafe Event Registration

East Gippsland FReeZA

FReeZA is an innovative youth development program that provides opportunities for young Victorians aged 12-25 across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria to enjoy live band gigs, dance parties and other cultural, recreational and artistic events that are drug, alcohol and smoke-free in supervised and safe venues.

Being part of the FReeZA committee is a chance to develop a broad range of skills organising events for young people. It will also build your self confidence, create and develop professional relationships, and provide opportunities to explore various education and employment pathways in the music industry.

FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing young people between the ages of 12 and 25 with the opportunity to attend affordable and accessible events.

Join the East Gippsland FReeZA committee!

By participating in a local FReeZA committee you will be given the chance to make decisions and lead the staging of events, whilst also broadening networks within the community by connecting with local businesses, schools and other organisations.

Joining a FReeZA committee will also build your self-confidence, create and develop professional relationships, and provide opportunities to explore various education and employment pathways in the music industry.

The other types of events that you can also get involved with through your local FReeZA committee include staging of live band gigs, BMX/Skate comps, Hip Hop showcases, art and short film competitions, DJ dance events, theatre productions and local community, music and youth festivals.

We encourage applications from across the shire!

Apply for the committee here.

FReeZA Push Start Series

This series showcases young musicians from around Victoria, giving them a platform to perform their music, share their stories and gain local exposure.

Participants have the opportunity to enhance their performance skills, meet other young musicians and receive valuable support from their community.

The Freeza Push Start series is open to applicants of all music styles and all line-ups including bands, duos, solo artists and DJs.

Save the date for the 2021 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize!

The 2021 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize is for all people aged 12-25 who live, work or study in East Gippsland.

The Youth Art Prize provides a platform for aspiring and emerging young creatives, aged 12-25 years to showcase their artistic talents. Cash prizes will be up for grabs, for winners and runners up in each age group.

Artworks can include drawings, paintings, photographs, digital illustrations or 3D visuals and short 2 – 3 minute films. Photographs of larger physical works will be accepted.

In celebration of the Archibald prize coming to the Gippsland Art Gallery at Sale, a special portraiture category will be included this year!

Artists are free to choose their genre or medium, and entry is free.  Entries must be original works and there is a limit of one entry per artist.

Age categories will be 12 – 15 years, 16 – 20 years and 20 – 25 years.

Entries will open later in the year, start preparing now!

Previous winners

The 2020 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize category winners were:

20 - 25 Years

1st prize $300  Harley Kewish, Ode to the Anthropocene

16 - 20 Years

1st prize - Sinead MacDonell, Painting of My sister

2nd prize (joint winners) Georgie Hausseger, Before the storm; and Willow Wakefield Tromp, What's for dinner?

12-15 Years

1st prize - Kierah Van Uden, The Little Things

2nd prize - Amirah Hayward, I spy

3rd prize - Lily Nickless, Melting Moments

Gippsland Youth Services Directory

The Gippsland Youth Services Directory includes information and contact details for services and organisations that support young people and families across Gippsland.

Visit the Youth Services Directory website.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021