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 these links or the Surf Coast Youth Facebook page. You can also contact us on 5261 0600 or email

Surf Coast Youth Awards

 2020 Youth Awards Nominations Now Open!

Do you know a young person aged 12-25 who deserves recognition for the work they have done in the area of Arts, Community, Environment or Sport. Nominate them now for a 2020 Youth Award.

Nominate here -

Nominations close Sunday 8 March at 11:59pm. 

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)  



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.

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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