Check out info about the Youth Ambassadors, FReeZA programs, Youth Art Prize and more.

East Gippsland Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassadors are a group of young people aged 12–25 living, studying and working across East Gippsland who are committed to create change in their community.

The Youth Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to influence, lead change and to assist Council in understanding the needs of young people.

Becoming a Youth Ambassador provides a platform for young people to discuss issues, create and lead projects for young people, have meaningful engagement with the established Council and have a say about the future of their community.  Their mission is to ensure young people are engaged and feel as valued citizens in the community.

Youth Ambassadors participate in free training and development 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.

Get your application in ASAP.

Apply for the 2022 Youth Ambassador Program.

VicHealth Local Government Partnership Project

Children and young people leading healthier communities

We have partnered with VicHealth on a three-year project to strengthen the creation of a community where children and young people are able to grow up active, healthy and socially connected.

Out of the 16 fast-track local government areas included in the partnership, East Gippsland’s approach will focus on a coordinated and collaborative approach dedicated to children young people’s health and wellbeing.

Communities in East Gippsland have faced traumatic drought and bushfire and are working to reconnect with those who have been hit hardest.

East Gippsland will use a place-based approach to build on the strengths and networks present in communities, with the ultimate aim of supporting children and young people to have a seat at the decision-making table to lead the planning and design of healthier communities.

Children and young people aged 0-25 represent approximately 25% of the East Gippsland population and face several barriers to leading healthy lifestyles.

The VicHealth partnership will build the council's capacity to work closely with local children and young people to understand, identify and prioritise actions that will drive change to generate improved system outcomes in the areas they identify as well as  food systems, physical activity and social connection.

What will we be doing?

A working group has been established to increase the reach and effectively utilise strengths. It comprises our staff and external partners who work with and have a direct interest in supporting young people.

Deakin has delivered systems thinking training as a core module of the project, which builds on previous systems thinking education. This training will also strengthen and develop capacity within council and external partners to:

  • Authentically and meaningfully engage with children and young people
  • Use a systems approach to guide development, prioritisation and implementation actions identified by children and young people

We will be working with children and young people aged 5-25.

Stage One of the project will involve workshops with young people to better understand the barriers they face and determine their priorities and potential solutions.

The following stages will involve working with children and young people to lead projects and actions based on the findings and previous work that has been done in this area.

A series of evidence-based health promotion modules will be available to support Council to implement action at the local level to create healthier communities for children and young people.  

The VicHealth Local Government Partnership health promotion modules will provide guidance to create policies, programs and processes for lasting changes in our community. The modules will support implementation and action following the workshops.

Where can I learn more about the project?

To learn more about the partnership project with VicHealth, visit the VicHealth website

View the VicHealth health promotion modules

If you would like to be involved, contact us.

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Embraced - Victorian Youth Week project

In celebration of Victorian Youth Week 2021 from 26 June – 2 July, the East Gippsland Youth Ambassadors are proud to launch their Youth Week project 'Embraced - youth positivity through the eyes of young people in East Gippsland'.

The Youth Ambassadors encourage individual video submissions from East Gippsland people aged 12-25, to collaborate and share something positive about themselves, their space, their community, someone or something that inspires them.

These videos will be compiled into a short film.

Submissions have closed.

Stay tuned for updates.

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.

The Push All-Ages Tour 2022 – New Dates Announced!

We are excited to announce the rescheduled All-Ages Tour in partnership with The Push and EG FReeZA!

The East Gippsland leg of the tour will see Allday and JK-47 headline at The Bruthen Inn Hotel, supported by triple j Unearthed competition winner Emily Jansen and local talent, Olivia Lay, for an evening of awesome live music!

There will also be food and space to chill out with your friends.


When: Saturday 26 March

Where: Bruthen Inn Hotel

Time: 4.00 pm – 8.30 pm.

Tickets are super limited, get in quick! Buy The Push All-Ages Tour tickets here.

This event is suitable for young people aged 12-25 and will be drug, alcohol and smoke-free, with no pass outs.

Complimentary tickets for The Push All-Ages Tour are available for First Nations young people, as well as those experiencing financial hardship or who hold a companion card. To arrange, please email

East Gippsland Youth Art Prize!

Entries have now closed for the 2021 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize.

A selection of works will be exhibited in an online gallery and at the Brabuwooloong Gallery in the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale.

Keep an eye out in late October for details of this year's winners.

Previous winners

The 2020 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize 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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