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NATIONAL Youth Week finished up on Sun-
day after nine days of fun and festivities that
commenced locally at the Salvation Army head-
quarters in Leongatha.
The mini youth festival was organised by
ECG College Leongatha VCAL students, in col-
laboration with SalvoCare Eastern Gippsland.
The team of 12 students invited the guests
and exhibitors to the inaugural event, and all
had different jobs on the day to ensure it ran
The highlights included the drumming circle
with Steve Schulz; positive thinking, mindful-
ness and guided meditation sessions led by
Danielle Aitken and some cover tunes by Leon-
gatha Secondary College’s rock band Grandma
on the Loose.
The team from Voyage Fitness was there with
the rowing machine for some time trials and
there was a wide range of service providers with
loads of information to share on health, wellbe-
ing, education and employment pathways.
There was lots of other entertainment, free
food and fun.
The event was supported by the State and
WONTHAGGI Cinema was
a hit with kids last Wednes-
day after Bass Coast Shire
Council announced it was of-
fering free film screenings to
Minutes before the 2pm
screening of LEGO Batman,
there was a line out the door
and the smell of popcorn was
wafting through the foyer.
The 11am session of Peppa
Pig drew in about 100 chil-
dren, whilst the LEGO Bat-
man screening three hours
later brought in between 300
and 350 children.
The council’s team leader
for community development,
Kerri Ritchie, said the day
gave young families the op-
portunity to see a film locally,
and if the parents were also
under 25, for free.
“Peppa Pig is obviously for the
younger kids. LEGO Batman
probably appeals to a broad age
range, kids from three or four
to 17 and 18 year olds.
“Jasper Jones we think
may appeal to the younger
adults, the 18 to 25 year old
range. We’ve tried to target ev-
Council decided to have
the free film screenings on
Wednesday because it aligned
with the start of school holi-
days and National Youth Week.
For a list of dates and
times of film screenings in
the school holidays, visit the
council’s website at bass-
ARE you under 35 and passionate about the
Intrepid Landcare, in partnership with West
Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
(WGCMA), is bringing one of its signature In-
trepid Landcare Leadership Retreats to Victoria.
Kathleen Brack, WGCMA’s Regional Landcare
Project Officer said the retreat will be held at
Wilsons Promontory on May 13 and 14.
“We are really excited to be working with In-
trepid Landcare on this event,” Kathleen said.
“Wilsons Promontory is famous for its natural
beauty so it’s the perfect spot for our Gippsland
Intrepid Landcare Retreat.”
The retreat is for young people, aged 18 to
35, and aims to inspire and empower them to
step up and lead on issues that are important
to them and the local community.
“As a young staff member supporting Land-
care I can see the absolute benefit of connect-
ing young people to the Landcare movement,”
“In the time I’ve been involved I’ve learnt so
much about the local environment and am
passionate about opening up more opportuni-
ties for other young people to experience what
Landcare can offers.”
Participants at the Wilsons Promontory re-
treat will experience a jam-packed adventure-
This will include cultural experiences, hiking,
and meeting like-minded people, combined
with unique self-discovery and leadership
training which will contribute to their growth
as local environment leaders.
The Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat
has been delivered in a number of locations
This has seen highly motivated teams of
young people who seek opportunities in Land-
care, which they design and drive for young
people in their communities.
“It’s an awesome way to bring like-minded
young people together around purpose,” explains
co-founder of Intrepid Landcare Megan Rowlatt.
“I have been coordinating Intrepid Landcare
projects in the Illawarra region in NSW since
2009 and we have created some epic projects in
partnership with over 40 different groups and
organisations to date.
“We now have six other Intrepid Landcare
networks across four states and territories
“Intrepid Landcare projects provide an outlet
for young people to have outdoor adventures
and give something back to the local environ-
ment at the same time, and they get to create
what this looks like.
“Landcare is underrated as a volunteer op-
portunity. I can’t explain how rewarding the
journey has been for our volunteers. There’s no
better way to give back and meet new people if
nature is your thing.”
To attend the Gippsland Intrepid Landcare
Leadership Retreat, fill out an application form
via the Intrepid Landcare website and follow
Intrepid Landcare on Facebook for live updates
about the retreat.
This retreat is hosted by West Gippsland
Catchment Management Authority with support
from Victorian Landcare Program, Farms Trees
and Landcare Association, Victorian Landcare
Council, Bass Coast Landcare Network, South
Gippsland Landcare Network, Latrobe Catch-
ment Landcare Network and Yarram Yarram
Explore Wilsons Prom and develop your leadership skills at the same time with an Interpid
Landcare Retreat next month.
Intrepid retreat for
Free film fun
Narelle Jones (middle) said the free tickets to LEGO Bat-
man for Liam (right) and Tom (left) were a pleasant sur-
Students celebrate Youth Week
BASS Coast’s VCAL students came together
to celebrate National Youth Week on Tuesday.
Community VCAL students and Chisholm
VCAL students enjoyed a mini-festival at the
Bass Coast Adult Learning Centre, with a bar-
becue, live music and activities.
The day was an opportunity for the two groups
of students to socialise and casually chat with
youth counsellors in an informal setting.
Community VCAL’s Steve Durie runs the mu-
sic as therapy program, with students perform-
ing on the day.
The program is accepting donations of music
instruments from the community.
An electric bass guitar, a couple of guitars and
a keyboard are particularly needed, but any in-
struments will be greatly appreciated.
The music program is in its third year and
has helped many kids reengage with their
VCAL teacher Tom Murray-White, Mat Burke, Beau Tafa, Jesse Burke and VCAL music
teacher Steve Durie were some of the musicians who entertained the crowd at the Bass
Coast Adult Learning Centre for the Youth Week mini-festival recently.
Fun, food and facts
at Youth Week event
Steve Schulz leads the drumming circle activity at the Youth Week event at the Leongatha
The ECG College Leongatha VCAL students who proudly presented the Youth Week event
in Leongatha recently. N181517
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