Check out info about the Youth Ambassadors, FReeZA programs, Youth Art Prize and more.
triple j unearthed competition

The triple j unearthed competition will give a band, solo singer songwriter or something in between the chance to open the All Ages Tour!

Applicants must be aged 18 years or under and submissions close midnight Sunday 29 August.

For more information and to apply visit the triple j all ages tour competition website.

Check out the tab below for more details on the All Ages Tour coming to Bruthen this October.

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 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.  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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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 close Saturday 31 July.

Young people can submit a short video that relates to the theme of positivity, up to 1 minute long.

Participants will have the chance to win a $150 eftpos gift card.

Exclusions apply to videos with explicit and inappropriate content.

How to enter your short video:

1. log into your google account - or create one

2. click the nine dots in the top right corner

3. click drive

4. create a new folder

5. name your folder “EG Youth Week 2021”

6. drop your video into the folder

7. right click your video and select ‘get link’ Were it says 'restricted' - change the setting to 'anyone with link'

8. click the drop down box that says ‘viewer' and change to ‘editor’, click ‘copy link’ and then ‘done’

10. paste the link into an email and make the email subject “EG Youth Week 2021” and send to

11. in your email include your:

  • full name
  • age
  • best contact method, ie. email or mobile phone number.

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 2021 – East Gippsland FReeZA Event

The Push All-Ages Tour is coming to East Gippsland for the first time!

This epic all-ages event is planned for Saturday 9 October, in partnership with EG FReeZA.

Alice Skye and Sycco will be headlining the event at the Bruthen Inn Hotel, supported by local artists – including a Triple J unearthed finalist.

Tickets are $21.42 and super limited - grab yours now at Moshtix.

The event will be fully supervised, 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. Please email to arrange.

Entries now open in 2021 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize!

The 2021 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize is now open 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 are 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.

Photos 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 – 14 years, 15 – 19 years and 20 – 25 years.

Entries close on Friday 8 October.

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

How to enter the East Gippsland Youth Art Prize

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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