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Youth of the Warrumbungles


Youth Week kicked off across the Shire on Friday 1 April 2022, with a photo booth at Coonabarabran High School! This year the theme is ‘It’s up to YOU’th’

Other activities and events that will be happening across the Shire for Youth Week includes Colour runs for students and families in Coolah, Baradine and Binnaway, week long lunch time activities at Coonabarabran High School, Bike Spray painting activity in Dunedoo, Youth vs Police vs Teachers Touch Football concluding with a Colour Run in Coonabarabran followed by an Inter-generational gathering at the Coonabarabran Yarning circle with elders, young people and the wider community.

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The Youth Development Program is responsible for encouraging, engaging and empowering community youth across the shire. The Program strives for the continued enhancement of the long-term social, economic, and environmental conditions of their community.

The Youth Development program focusses on developing and building upon a culture of positive youth community capacity building through
    • working cohesively with the existing youth services across the shire
    • improving dialogue and best practice sharing between services
    • opening communication around service delivery
    • addressing wider community youth issues holistically
    • breaking down barriers around community perceptions and access
    • raising the positive profile of young people across the shire

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Youth Initiatives 

2021 has proved to be a busy year for youth initiatives across the Shire with the availability due to Building Youth Pathways Drought Extension funding.

Initiatives have included:
• December/January School Holiday Pool Movie nights in Coolah, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo and Mendooran and Pool float Event at Binnaway.
• Regional Youth Leadership Program, facilitated by Heather Miller and Paris Mir from Youth Leadership Academy Australia. Workshops in both Coolah and Coonabarabran were attended by over 150 young people from Binnaway, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo and Mendooran High Schools. Focusing on resilience, empowerment and leadership.
• Active Citizenship Workshop, facilitated in partnership with Tanya Owen from Parramatta Council. The two day workshop focused on the power of active community citizenship and was attended by young people and adults from Coolah, Binnaway, Mendooran and Coonabarabran.
• PCYC Safer Driver course in Coonabarabran and Coolah providing free access to young people across the Shire to gain practical skills, information and 20 log book hours upon completion of the course.
• Funding from Festival of Place – Summer and National Youth Week 2021 was combined to allow for Drive in Movie nights to be held at Coolah and Coonabarabran. In addition the youth week theme of ‘Together More than Ever’ was on show at he various events across the shire including;
- Intergenerational Comedy workshop held in Coonabarabran, 
- Mendooran Youth Vs Police vs Teachers Touch Footy competition 
- Multiple creative and sporting activities held at Coonabarabran High School
- Eats and Beats Event was held at Coolah Central School for the whole school and parents with jumping castles, bungie runs, games, food and DJ Music. Coolah Eats and Beats Video Link.  
- ‘Celebrating Youth of the Warrumbungle’ banner flags were displayed in five towns and will be displayed annually during Youth Week and World Youth Day.

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Last Updated: 04 Apr 2022