MEDIA RELEASE - Stellar line-up of events on offer as part of annual Youth Week celebrations

Sutherland Shire Council is set to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the contributions of local young people as part of a jam-packed line-up of engaging events being staged to mark Youth Week.

Council, supported by the NSW Government, community organisations and local businesses, will be hosting a wide array of events once again for young people (aged 12-24years) in Sutherland Shire to experience and express themselves, running from Friday 5 to Friday 26 April.

With this year’s theme identified as ‘Express. Empower. Get loud!’, young people of all abilities are encouraged to check out the extensive program of events planned across Sutherland Shire and to get involved and voice their views and ideas.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce said Youth Week is an opportunity to celebrate the young people in our community and the positive contribution they make, providing a platform for them to express themselves while connecting with other young people at the many events on offer.

“There is such a wide range of events being staged for local young people to enjoy again this year, catering to a huge variety of interests,” Mayor Pesce said.

“With a great mix of activities and workshops and opportunities on offer in different facilities and venues across the Sutherland Shire, I’d encourage young people to get together with your friends and explore all the amazing opportunities on offer.”

Organised by Council, the incredible line up of events would not be possible without the support of Council’s many partners, including DEFWOLF Studios in Kurnell, Cronulla RSL, Engadine Music, The Family Co. LODOWN skate shop in Miranda, Optika, NSW Youth Week, and UN Youth Australia.

Standout events include Surf lessons and water safety at Wanda Beach, Battle of the Bands music event at Sutherland Arts Theatre, an electronic beat making workshop at the Family Co, and the annual LODOWN skate competition held at the recently opened and extremely popular Seymour Shaw Skate Precinct in Miranda, and much more.

Sutherland Shire Libraries are offering young people the opportunity to jump into the neon 90’s and 00’s eras with an ‘after dark glow party’ and ‘retro teen trivia’, journeying through pop culture trends. Young creatives can also indulge in candy scented candle pouring or immerse themselves in a short story writing workshop with award winning author, Will Kostakis.

The Annual Youth Climate and Biodiversity Forum also makes a return this year. Hosted at Cronulla RSL, the forum is open to years 8, 9 and 10 students. Run by Council’s Environmental Science Team in collaboration with UN Youth Australia Branch. Attending students can expect a platform to have their say around climate change, biodiversity and resilience.

To avoid disappointment, bookings are essential for Youth Week events hosted by Sutherland Shire Libraries and for other select events, and with strong demand for tickets, it is recommended you book without delay.

For further information on what’s on offer and how to get involved, visit Youth Week.