14 March 2019
Youth Week is a national celebration, providing the opportunity for young people to share ideas, attend live events, have their voices heard, showcase their talents, celebrate their contributions, to meet new people and to have fun.
Gunnedah Youth Council (GYC) has a jam-packed program of events for Youth Week 2019 (April 9-18), targeted at young people aged 12-25.
Gunnedah Shire Council’s Youth Development Officer Sewa Emojong said Youth Week is a time to recognise the valuable contribution young people make to the community.
“Youth Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and show support for our Shire’s young people. GYC, supported by Gunnedah Shire Council, has put a lot of work into this year’s program of events,” Ms Emojong said.
“Youth Week is organised by young people, for young people and that’s what makes it unique.”
Youth Week Gunnedah 2019 kicks off with the 5th Annual Youth Expo on Tuesday, 9 April – a free event for youth aged 12-25 and parents, featuring stalls, workshops, information sessions and giveaways. This year’s expo will be held at the Gunnedah Town Hall from 10.00am-1.00pm.
An inter-school debate will be held on Wednesday, 10 April, and will see Gunnedah High School and St Mary’s College students battle it out to be crowned Youth Week 2019 Inter-school Debate Champions. The great debate will be held at The Civic from 10.30am.
A special screening of Backtrack Boys will be screened, with a Q&A session to follow on Thursday, 11 April from 6.00pm at The Civic.
Monday, 15 April will see the results from Gunnedah Youth Council’s Drought Relief Short Film Competition on the big screen at a film festival fundraiser held at the Gunnedah Town Hall from 6.00pm. The top 20 short film finalists from the Nextwave Youth Film Awards will also be screened on the night. Entry to the festival is $10.00 – with 100 per cent of profits to be donated to Buy-A-Bale. The fundraiser will be an opportunity to get behind young regional filmmakers and support local drought relief fundraising efforts.
A new addition to the program includes a Youth Leading the World Community Forum on Tuesday, 16 April, a program to discuss a more sustainable Shire and the youth’s views on sustainability.
Another new and exciting event will be the Youth Week Pushy Races to be held on Wednesday, 17 April at the Gunnedah Go-Kart Track on Mullaley Road from 10.00am (entry $5.00 for ages 5-25 years). Gunnedah Shire Council has partnered with the Gunnedah Cycling and Triathlon Club to bring this event to the community. Participants are required to bring a bike and helmet.
Popular event Beats, Bass and Basketball is back on the agenda for Wednesday, 17 April at the Judi Guest Basketball Stadium from 6.00pm.
The Great Gunnedah Scavenger Hunt will be held on Thursday, 18 April from 10.00am at Kitchener Park. The event includes giveaways, Bubble Soccer and a free sausage sizzle.
The action-packed week will end with a ‘Nineties to Now Trivia Night'. The trivia night will be held at the Gunnedah Town Hall from 6.00pm. Entry fees apply.
All Youth Week events are drug and alcohol free. View the full Youth Week Gunnedah 2019 Program here.
To secure a spot in any of the events, visit www.thecivic.com.au or phone Gunnedah Shire Council on (02) 6740 2100. Bookings are now open.
For more information contact Council’s Youth Development Officer Sewa Emojong on (02) 6740 2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Council’s Youth Development Officer Sewa Emojong at Youth Week 2018.
Media Contact: Ashley Gardner 6740 2100.