Surf Coast Youth

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Our shire is full of vibrant young people who do fabulous things every day. To keep up to date on what we have on offer for the 12-25 -year-old crowd, check out the pages below and be sure to follow ‘Surf Coast Youth’ on Instagram or like the Surf Coast Youth Facebook page. You can also contact us on 5261 0600 or email

Surf Coast Youth Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Surf Coast Youth Awards

Arts - Mink Cummins

Community - James Staley, Jax Wake and Tim Harte

Environment - Surf Coast Environmental Action Team (SCEAT)

Sport - Mia Huppatz

A full list of 2021 nominations can be found here

To find out when the next round of nominations will be open please keep an eye on this page or Surf Coast Youth on Facebook and Instagram

Previous years

2020 Award Winners

Arts – Billy-Jay O’Toole
Community – Winchelsea Youth Leisure Drop-In (WYLD)
Environment – Alex Marshall
Sport – Zakhele Stevens


Torquay and Lorne are popular locations within the Shire for school leavers to celebrate. We want young people to have a fun experience on the Coast whilst respecting the townships and native flora and fauna.

Council is part of the Good Times, Great Breaks harm minimisation strategy - see their Facebook page for more information about schoolies for parents/guardians and local residents.

The Surf Coast Shire Youth Survey

Council runs an annual survey to find out what the young Surf Coast community need to thrive.

Find out how our young people responded(PDF, 1MB)  



The Engage! program is ran to work with young people to develop and deliver activities that engage young people in the their community. Engage! covers a range of topics for young people including; mental health and wellbeing, connections to the community, employment skills and the environment.

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Youth Spaces

Youth Lounge

The Youth Lounge is a space where young people are welcome to hang out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm-5pm during the school terms. Located within Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre the Youth Lounge has a range of activities for young people, these include; table tennis, foosball, electric drums, a range of guitars, board and card games and free Wi-Fi. 

Youth Pod 

The Surf Coast Youth Pod is a mobile container that is transported throughout the region to offer support to young people. It is a hang-out space for youth and is a place to connect with the Youth Team.

Youth Pod opening dates, times and locations will be posted on the Surf Coast Youth Facebook Page.

youth pod


FReeZA is a youth development program which aims to provide Music, Art and Skate/BMX opportunities for young people aged 12-25.

FReeZA encourages young people to form committees that organise drug, alcohol and smoke free events and training for other young people in their local communities.

If you are interested in joining your local committee, performing at an event or just want more information about the FReeZA program, please fill out the form below or email



Need Support?

If you need help and support regarding youth issues, the following links can be useful:

  • Reach Out
    info on mental health issues, success stories and a community support forum
  • Youth Drug Support
    drug support info, chatline, news, fact sheets, an interactive poll, a forum, ask health professionals confidential questions
  • Kids Helpline
    Phone: 1800 55 1800 (free call from landline)
  • Youth Central
    School Leavers info, jobs & careers, money management, studying, relationship advice, safe parties
  • Headspace Barwon
    info on mental health and tough times - if you're 12-25, you can get health advice, support and info