Eco-themed fun for youth

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

The Pil­bara is gear­ing up for a jam-packed fort­night of events to cel­e­brate the 2017 Na­tional Youth Week.

The City of Kar­ratha has or­gan­ised a big line-up of events and ac­tiv­i­ties across Kar­ratha, Roe­bourne and Wick­ham for young peo­ple between the ages of 11 and 18.

Na­tional Youth Week runs from March 31-April 9, is this year themed “eco fu­tures” and cel­e­brates the con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments of young peo­ple.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the eco fu­tures theme will be in­cor­po­rated through­out the youth week events cal­en­dar.

“Nearly all of the events this year are go­ing to be held out­doors, pro­mot­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and pos­i­tive so­cial­i­sa­tion between youth, the com­mu­nity, and the en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“Each event will also strive to use the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings and ex­ist­ing nat­u­ral re­sources and in­fra­struc­ture to fa­cil­i­tate each event, with­out leav­ing be­hind a neg­a­tive im­print on the land and area utilised.”

“Our Youth Ser­vices team will be cre­at­ing con­ver­sa­tions with youth about sus­tain­able liv­ing and look­ing af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment, both at the events and dur­ing the two-week school hol­i­day pro­gram fol­low­ing Na­tional Youth Week.”

Youth Week cel­e­bra­tions start on Fri­day, March 31, with the Colour Fest at Pegs Creek Pav­il­ion. Tweens and teens are in­vited to Wick­ham Recre­ation for the Dive-In Cin­ema Extravaganza on April 1. At­ten­dees can en­joy a free bar­be­cue, mu­sic, a movie screen­ing and wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties from 4pm to 9pm.

Vanessa Vla­jkovic, 2016 WA young Per­son of the Year, will give a free talk at Kar­ratha Leisure­plex for lo­cal youth on April 3 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

Ms Vla­jkovic is deaf-blind but has never let her sen­sory loss stop her from achiev­ing her goals.

She is the first deaf-blind stu­dent at Edith Cowan Univer­sity where she stud­ies jour­nal­ism.

There will be two days of cre­ative fun from April 4-5 as young peo­ple are in­vited to en­gage with artists to cre­ate a de­sign to add colour to Roe­bourne District High School.

The Youth Week fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue on Thurs­day, April 6, with the Block Party at Kar­ratha Youth Shed from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

There will be a fashion show, open mic, com­pe­ti­tions, a live graf­fiti piece, photo booth sausage siz­zle and more. To fin­ish the Youth Week cel­e­bra­tions for 2017 there will a be the Strong Spirit Youth Fes­ti­val at Roe­bourne Recre­ation Precinct on April 7.

The free sport-fo­cused fes­ti­val will fea­ture in­ter­ac­tive stalls, a photo booth, a chill out zone and mu­sic.

Pun­ters can also par­tic­i­pate in games of mod­i­fied AFL and bas­ket­ball.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Anna Sav­ill on 0439 778 434 or anna.sav­ill@kar­ratha.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Chil­dren in Roe­bourne en­joy Na­tional Youth Week fes­tiv­i­ties in 2015.

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