Surf Coast Youth

Skate park


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. You can also contact us on 5261 0600 or email

Surf Coast Youth Awards

The annual Surf Coast Youth Awards recognise the contributions and talent of Surf Coast people aged between 12 and 25.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners:

Academic – Haylee Heard

Art – Jett Belle Graham-Russell

Community – Sam Suendermann

Sport – Jarrah Harris-Moore

Sport – Xavier Huxtable

Sport – Olivia Jenkins


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 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 is a youth development program which aims to provide 12-25 year olds with opportunities to enjoy live music through band and DJ performances as well as art and recreation programs including skate/BMX events as well as dance competitions and movie nights. FReeZA encourages young people to form committees that organise drug, alcohol and smoke free events for other young people in their local communities.

If you want to get involved as a performer, host an event, join a committee or just want more information, email To sign up on our mailing list to be notified of future events, fill out the form below.

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