Young people in the Corangamite Shire will be able to get involved in putting on free local music and cultural events for the community, with Corangamite Shire Council receiving a new grant under the Andrews Labor Government’s 2016-18 FReeZA program.
Corangamite Shire Council will receive $73,500 to run fully supervised drug, alcohol and
smoke-free local events.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP welcomed the announcement, saying that while participants in the program gain valuable skills and experience, the whole community stands to benefit from great free events that are organised.
Over the next 3 years Corangamite Youth – Live Artistic Proud aims to engage, facilitate and showcase the talents of young people in Corangamite.
Through live performances, art exhibitions and recreational activities, young people will enhance their connections to the community, explore skills in event management, bridge the distances between young people in the region and develop life-long skills to assist with
education and future employment.
Young people, with the assistance of mentors, will guide the direction of the program and be the community voice of Corangamite Youth Live Artistic Proud.
The FReeZA program gives young people the chance to grow industry contacts, gain practical experience and develop career opportunities in the industry.
The Andrews Labor Government has provided $7.2 million over three years for the FReeZA program, including $5.4 million in grants.
FReeZA provides funding to local government and community organisations to support
young people to run fully supervised drug, alcohol and smoke-free events in their local area.
Quotes attributed to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP:
“We are proud to support the young people who organise these events in the Corangamite Shire to make local industry connections and explore job opportunities for the future, all while following their passions.”
“Engaging young people in helping to organise music and cultural events builds their experience and skills and benefits our community by having more great local events.”
“We are making Victoria the Education State – this means engaging our youth in activities that boost their social engagement and learning through practical experience, networking and building skills.