Surf Coast Youth

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Overview

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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 these links or the Surf Coast Youth Facebook page.

Surf Coast Youth Awards

The annual Surf Coast Youth Awards recognise the contributions and talent of Surf Coast people aged between 12 and 25. Nominations are open for the 2018 Surf Coast Youth Awards. For more information, see the Surf Coast Youth Facebook page or view the nomination form.

Schoolies

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)

Surf Coast Youth Network

A Youth Network was established in the Surf Coast to act as a voice and support for our young community.

If you are interested in attending the Surf Coast Youth Network please contact the Youth Team youthdevelopment@surfcoast.vic.gov.au. Youth Strategy Consultation will soon begin to develop the Shire's Youth Strategy. Stay tuned for more information.

Youth Spaces

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.

Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre: KMCC is a dynamic community space which offers a range of childcare, a youth space, allied health services and a venue for public hire.

FReeZA

FReeZA is a youth development program which aims to provide 12-25 year olds with affordable music, arts and cultural gigs which are smoke, drug and alcohol-free.

If you want to get involved as a musician or host an event, go to FReeZA's website.

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