Bass Coast,

National Youth Week comes to Bass Coast

Corinella and District Community Centre is helping young people celebrate National Youth Week this year, with a Youth Arts Festival on 12 April.

Working with Bass Coast Shire Council and UnitingCare Gippsland, the Centre secured funding for the Festival, to be held during National Youth Week, an annual celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia.

Council’s Community and Economic Development Director, Steven Piasente said the week is a joint initiative between the three tiers of government to give young people an opportunity to express themselves.

“It is a chance to share ideas and views and act on issues that affect young people’s lives,” said Mr Piasente.

“This all-day Youth Arts Festival in Corinella on Friday, 12 April will really celebrate the creative and innovative contributions that our young people make to the community.”

Sally Whelan, Manager at Corinella and District Community Centre said the Bass Coast Youth Festival will be a fun event.

“The Festival will celebrate youth participation in the arts. Our community will come to life with displays, performances, workshops and demonstrations,” enthused Sally.

“I was leaping from room to room when I found out we had got the grant.  We aim to promote positive images of young people by showcasing their talents, achievements and contributions to the community.  Additionally, we can help young people to express their ideas and provide opportunities to have their voices heard within the community. The Youth Arts Festival will be run by young people, for young people.”

All young people interested in getting involved should contact Sally Whelan at Corinella and District Community Centre on (03) 5678 0777 or pop in to the Youth Drop-In Centre at Corinella and District Community Centre on Wednesday nights from 4.00pm – 6.30pm.

For information about Bass Coast Shire Council’s Youth programs, please contact Ben Cavender, Youth Planning and Policy Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or visit