A team of enthusiastic young people is taking the reins of this year’s Youth Week on the Tweed, with planning for a range of activities already well under way.

Youth Using Their Heads (YUTH) is a committee of young people from across the shire, aged 14 to 23.

Guided by Council’s Youth Development Officer Margaret Strong, Youth Week co-ordinator Fi Sproule and St Joseph’s Youth Services youth worker Jason Taylor, the group is meeting regularly to fine-tune the schedule of events planned to celebrate Youth Week (28 March-5 April).

YUTH member Bobby Tagget, 20, of Pottsville, believes it is important Youth Week is planned by young people so the activities are enjoyable for everyone.

Rose Spiller, 16, of Uki, said Youth Week was important to encourage interaction between youth from the different towns and villages in the shire.

“We need a safe environment to have fun and meet other teenagers from around the Shire,” Rose said.

The main events on the agenda for 2009 are:

  • 2 April – A Youth Expo from 10am to 4pm at the PCYC and Recreation Park in Tweed Heads. The aim of the day is to provide information on the region’s youth services, activities and bands.
  • 5 April – Chillingham Chillout Festival from 10am at the Chillingham Community Centre. This will be a day showcasing the region’s talented youth bands. There will also be activities for younger children and stalls. An hourly bus shuttle service will run from Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads in the morning and return in the afternoon.

Youth Week is a national celebration which aims to provide an opportunity for young people aged 12 to 25 to express their ideas and views, raise issues of concern to them, act on issues which affect their lives and create and enjoy entertainment.