Youth and Community Engagement Across the Shire

Youth and Community Engagement Across the Shire

YOUTH & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ACROSS THE SHIRE
Towards the end of 2020, a community meeting was facilitated by Councils Community and Youth Development teams in Walgett to review a program developed and delivered over the last 4 years in regards to keeping young people occupied during the holiday period and engaged in the coolest place in town, the local pool.
The Beat the Heat program participation numbers from events staged recorded over 1200 young people, parents and caregivers engaging in the free opportunities. Local services have supported in a variety of ways through offering transportation to those on outlying villages, cool drinks, ice blocks, pool entry costs and catering. Now school has resumed the Beat the Heat program has ended recording outstanding outcomes for its fifth successive year.
A huge thank you to Council Youth Workers, Walgett CDAT team, Walgett PCYC staff, Mission Australia, MPREC and the REDI.E team, Mackillop Family Services, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Services, pool manager Kimball Riley who have been working together this holiday period to deliver an engaging and outstandingly attended programs.
Council have received support funding to work towards offering opportunities for the youth and community engaged over the summer, with free pool events, morning teas, park events and a trip to Narrabri cinema on the program. Two separate successful funding opportunities through the Office of Regional Youth and Department of Planning and Environment have allowed provision for two separate initiatives, Smash n’ Splash Initiative and The Spirit of Place program to be delivered across communities.
In Walgett there will be two (2) smash and splash events and three (4) the Spirit of places festival free pool days which includes free entry to the pool, bbq meal, music, games and activities and lucky door prizes. Also a Mega Morning Tea held at the memorial park which will include lucky door prizes, live band, games and activities.
In the community of Lightning Ridge there will be two (2) Smash and Splash events which includes a trip to Narrabri cinema, and a free pool day which includes free entry to the pool, bbq meal, music, games and activities and lucky door prizes, there will also be three (4) Spirit of Place events
which will include free pool days and a Big Day Out at Lightning Ridge Opal Park with live entertainment, games and activities and lucky door prizes.
In Collarenebri there will be three (3) Smash and Splash events which includes a trip to Narrabri cinema, a trip to Lightning Ridge swimming pool and a free pool day which will include free entry to the pool, bbq meal, music, games and activities and lucky door prizes, there will also be three (3) Spirit of Places Festival held at the swimming pool which also includes free entry.
The Walgett Shire community development team wish to inform residents and organisations of several up and coming planning meetings and events to soon be implemented throughout the communities.
During March the Shire will be supporting and partnering with service providers to assist in the planning and implementation of events including International Women’s Day (8thMarch), Seniors Week celebrations 17th – 24th March, and Harmony Day 21st March along with NSW 2021 Youth Week planning meetings.
Councils Manager Community Development Mr. George McCormick said, “We are encouraging services and organisations to be a part of these significant events, the more services and organisations involved will add value to offering our communities engaging, enjoyable, meaningful events.
For more information contact Council’s Manager of Community Development Mr George McCormick 02 6828 6107 or gmccormick@walgett.nsw.gov.au
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