Colac Otway Shire Council - Youth

 2015 Youth Council Photo Gallery
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Colac Otway Shire Youth Council

Youth Council
The Colac Otway Youth Council intends to make the Colac Otway District
a better place for today’s youth and for the future generations,
by honourably representing the youth within the district, initiating youth projects,
enhancing existing youth activities and promoting youth involvement in the community.

2015 Youth Councillors

Our 2015 Youth Councillors range in ages between 15 and 20 years old and bring with them a wealth of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Youth Council

Pictured back row l-r: Bradley Nelson (Deputy Chair), Shane Richardson (Chair), Nicholas Lenehan-Anderson (Secretary), Khalid Eldib, Rachael Richardson
Front row l-r: Emily Raison, Emily Tuck, Alice Kavenagh (Publicity Officer), Caitlin Rippon.

2015 Youth Council Projects

This year Youth Council will be taking part in
• An overnight orientation camp at Bimbi Park, Cape Otway
• Manning the wreath registration tent and assisting with marshalling at the 100th Anzac Day Commemoration
• Assisting with Tree Planting for the Koalas at Cape Otway
• Lending a hand at the Long Road Appeal Ball
• Organising the Major Project for the year – A Sleepout to raise awareness of Homelessness.

2015 Youth Council's Major Project

This year Youth Council will be holding a Sleepout event on the weekend of 21/22 November to raise awareness for Homelessness, in particular Youth Homelessness. The event will include guest speakers, information stands, entertainment, activities, a market and a sleepover with a free Breakfast the next morning.

Stay tuned for more details as they come to hand but if you would like to be involved, please contact Maree Redmond on 52329548 or via email at

About Youth Council
The Youth Council meets twice each month with the exception of school holidays. The aim of the Youth Council:
• To provide a forum for the Colac Otway Shire Council to consult with and receive advice from youth in order to ensure the provision of a high quality, affordable and flexible youth program.
• To promote and encourage the involvement of youth in the planning, development and implementation of matters associated directly with young people in the community.
• To ensure that the views of youth are canvassed and conveyed to Council.
• To provide advice to Council on appropriate youth programs

Youth Council Membership
The Youth Council is a group of representatives from across Colac Otway Shire. A Colac Otway Shire Councillor is appointed as a mentor to the group and a Council officer provides administrative support. Three adult mentors also particpate in Youth Council providing support and guidence to Youth Councillors.

How To Get Involved
Nomination forms will be provided to schools in early December each year and are due to be submitted in February.

If you would like to know more about Youth Council please contact Maree Redmond on 5232 9548 or via email :

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FReeZA overview

FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing young people between the ages of 12 to 25 with the opportunity to attend affordable and accessible music and cultural events. FReeZA attracts over 140,000 young people each year to events that take place in safe, fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free venues across Victoria.

By participating in the FReeZA program, committee members are given the chance to make decisions and lead the staging of events, whilst also broadening their networks within the community by connecting with local businesses, schools and other organisations. Being a part of a FReeZA committee also builds self-confidence, creates and develops professional relationships, and provides opportunities to explore various education and employment pathways in the music industry.
Colac Otway Shire FReeZA Involvement.

Colac Otway Shire FReeZA Committee is named LAC & Co Productions. Committee members learn how to successfully run meetings, take minutes, become involved in the promotion of the event, source headline acts, develop posters and participate in relevant training opportunities.

At events, young people can be involved in staging and production, MC, stage management, taking money at the door, canteen, cloak room, video production (if required) and looking after headline acts.

In 2015 the FReeZA committee have run the following events:
- BSW League Skate, BMX & Scoot Heat
- Battle of the Bands - 2015
- The Cool Awards - 2015

How to get involved
The FReeZA committee meets once a week during the school term on Tuesdays at 4pm at COPACC. If you are interested in becoming a FReeZA committee member contact Emma Warton from Colac Area Health on 5232 5530 or 0400 131 697 E:
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 Colac Otway Shire Youth Council Charter

Date Printed: 7/10/2015
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