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Youth Councillors provide strong, positive leadership and are instigators of positive change, acting as role models and leaders within the community. Importantly they also act as a youth voice within local government.

Youth Councillors are given many opportunities to improve their leadership skills, develop a greater understanding of their community, and to work together on great projects which encourage youth participation.

Wellington Shire Youth Council consists of up to 18 motivated young people aged between 12 - 25 who live or work in the Wellington Shire, and strives to represent the community demographic.

Contact Information

The Wellington Shire Council Youth Liaison Coordinator is Meg Capurso who may be contacted via email or via telephone on (03) 5142 3044 or 0439 561 757.

HEY Wellington

The Wellington Shire Council HEY (Healthy Equal Youth) Grant for 2020 is focused on sharing issues and experiences of young LGBTQIA+ people living in Wellington.

The HEY project provides an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ young people to explore, structure and share their stories in a safe and supported environment with mentoring from professional storytellers. Once trained, these new youth storytellers will share their story with peers, friends and family in a safe family and friends evening in February 2021. Please see more about HEY Wellington below.

Applications for the latest round of HEY Wellington are now CLOSED. Please check back later.

The HEY Grant is funded and supported by the Victorian Government.

Youth Council Applications

Applications for Youth Council are now CLOSED (Reopening April 2021).

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Join a Crew

Propellor FReeZA Crew

The Propellor Crew get together fortnightly to learn about the music industry, and plan a number of events each year. Some of the events include:

  • Open Mic Nights
  • Down the Alley (Battle of the Bands)
  • Live stages at Youth Council events

Meetings are held on Wednesday's during school terms from 4pm-5.30pm.  

For more information email or find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Wellington Youth Film Festival Crew

The Wellington Youth Film Festival (WYFF) fill a gap for young film makers to collaborate, celebrate and support each other's work. They meet irregularly during the year (as needed).

WYFF are always on the look out for new crew members – so if you enjoy films, or want to learn more, get in touch with them today via email or via Facebook.

OPAL (Out Proud and Loud)

OPAL is Wellington's LGBTIQ+ youth group and is supported by a passionate and qualified group of volunteers.

It provides a safe space for young LGBTIQ+ people aged 13 - 25 to come together regularly to relax, get support, have fun and make new friends.

Sessions are held every second Tuesday during the school term.

Upcoming sessions:

Tuesday 25 February, 10 and 24 March, 21 April, 5 and 19 May, 2 and 16 June 2020.

Further information is available on Facebook or contact Meg on 0439 561 757 to register your details.

Annual Youth Events

Wellington Youth Summit

The Youth Summit is a platform for young people 12-25 to come together and talk about issues that are most important to them and come up with recommendations for actions over the next 12 months.

The 2020 Youth Summit will be held on Friday 24 July.  

Wellington Youth Art Prize

The Wellington Youth Art Prize is open to all young artists aged 12-25 who live, study or work in, or have studied in Wellington Shire in the past four years.

An initiative of the Wellington Shire Youth Council, this prize is run in partnership with the Gippsland Art Gallery.

Further information and entry forms are available from the Gippsland Art Gallery website.


The Upswing festival recognises that physical activity, the outdoors and connections with people are all things that can contribute to maintaining good mental health.  

Upswing is an opportunity for us all to get out, meet people, and see what is on offer in our community.

Upswing is held in October (generally during Mental Health Week).

Skate Fest

Skate Fest is a showcase / competition held each year in April during Youth Week - The 2020 event will be held on Saturday 14 March.

Down the Alley (Aka Battle of the Bands and Open Mic Nights)

Keep an eye on Propellor's Facebook page for the latest updates on the events they are organising.

Wellington Youth Film Festival

Showcasing and supporting young film makers across Wellington, this festival is an inspiring and entertaining event. Youth aged 12-25 who have an interest in joining the working crew putting on this event are encouraged to get involved. Further information is available via email

The 2020 Wellington Youth Film Festival will be held on Friday 23 October.

Help and Support Services

Ask Izzy

Ask Izzy will help you find local support for what you need. Whether its Wi-Fi charging, housing, food, health, drugs and alcohol, finding work, money or lots of other things, Izzy could help you out!

Gippsland Youth Service Directory

The Gippsland Youth Service Directory has been developed specifically for Gippsland. The directory can help you find out where to get help for health, sexual identity, jobs and courses, money, family violence and more.


Headspace provides online chat support from 9am to 1am (Melbourne time), if you can't or don't want to make a phone call. There is also a Group Chat option to speak with people who are going through the same thing as you.


BeyondBlue provides online chat (from 7pm-midnight, 7 days a week) or phone support (24/7).

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline provides 24/7 phone support and online chat support services. You can also email them and get a response within 24 hours.


Lifeline provides 24/7 phone support services and online chat support from 7pm to midnight (Sydney time). Call 13 11 14 or follow the link for online services.

Wellington Youth Services Network

The Wellington Youth Services Network (WYSN) is a network of youth service providers, local government, government agencies, educational institutions, not for profits and individuals - anyone interested in youth affairs within the Wellington Shire is welcome to join.  

The purpose of WYSN is to:

  • Strengthen the sectors capacity to respond to issues impacting young people in Wellington
  • Promote information sharing amongst services
  • Advocate for the provision of services and resources necessary for young people to reach their full potential
  • Encourage and support funding and partnership opportunities
  • Provide collegiate support
  • Provide access to professional development opportunities
  • Promote young people's contributions to the community

Each meeting has a focus and there is an opportunity for networking following the meetings.

Contact the Wellington Shire Council Youth Liaison Coordinator for further information.

TAC L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program

The TAC L2P Learner Driver Mentoring Program is designed to get you into the drivers' seat of your independence: literally!

You will be matched with a volunteer mentor driver and sponsored vehicle to get those 120 hours up and ensure your experience with L2P is second to none. You decide the time, you decide the regularity and you decide how far you're willing to go to get your P's.

The program will:

  • Provide you with 7 driving lessons with a Drive School
  • Match you up with a Mentor
  • Provide use of the L2P Program Car
  • Assist you with Driver Safety education and knowledge

Who should apply?

Young people aged 16 - 20 who:

  • Hold a current Learners Permit
  • Have no access to a suitable vehicle, a supervising driver, or both
  • Have a connection with the Wellington or East Gippsland Shire

How does it work?

  • The goal is for a young person to gain extensive on-road experience to build their skills and confidence.
  • Young people are matched with trained volunteer mentors who support them to gain 120 hours of supervised driving.
  • The volunteer mentors are given intensive training by VicRoads and undergo mandatory checks and training with Mission Australia staff to provide a quality program for young people.
  • Eligible young people are offered a minimum of one hour of supervised driving each week.


Referrals may be made by:

  • Community agencies
  • Schools
  • Case managers
  • Eligible young drivers

Once the learner driver application form below is completed and received, the L2P Program Facilitator will contact the young person to schedule an interview time.

To refer a young person, please complete the Community L2P Referral Form.

Become a Volunteer Mentor

Mentoring is a rewarding experience, and a fantastic way of connecting with others and making a difference in a young person's life. Volunteers are required to:

  • Hold a current full Victorian Drivers Licence and good driving record
  • Be interested in helping young people from diverse backgrounds
  • Be over 21 years of age
  • A Police Check, Licence Check and Working with Children Check are required for all Volunteers prior to acceptance into the program - costs are met by the program
  • Complete the VicRoads Volunteer Supervising Driver Training
  • Commit a minimum of 1-2 hours per week for 12 months

For further information please contact the TAC L2P Coordinator Cheryl Siely via email or telephone 0419 605 533.

Youth Council FAQ

What is the role of a Youth Councillor?

Youth Councillors work to make Wellington a more positive and engaging place for youth by representing them in the community, creating and participating in local events, and working towards solving issues relevant to young people.

Who can be a Youth Councillor?

Any young person aged between 12 - 25 who lives or works in the Wellington Shire. If you're motivated to learn and create greater opportunities for young people across Wellington, Youth Council may be the group for you. We are looking for young people who represent a broad range of youth communities in Wellington.

How long do Youth Councillors hold their positions?

Youth Councillors are appointed for a period of 12 months with the option to remain for a further 12 months if their work, study and personal commitments allow. After 2 years on Youth Council, a Youth Councillor may reapply to join Youth Council after a 12 month break.

When are meetings held?

Meetings are held fortnightly in the council chambers, the Wellington Room, in Sale during the school term.

Youth Councillors are asked to be available on the alternate Wednesday when there are projects that need to be worked on and require more time, however, this is flexible.

Meetings do not generally run during school holidays.

*During the COVID-19 pandemic the rules are everchanging. Until directed otherwise, meetings will be held via zoom.

Is there a cost involved?

There is no cost for participation in the Wellington Shire Youth Council, however, you will need to ensure you have transport to and from all meetings.

If you have difficulty with transport though, please don't let it be a barrier to you applying - contact the Youth Liaison Coordinator and have a chat.

What is expected of Youth Councillors? What's the commitment?

If you are appointed to the Wellington Shire Youth Council, you will be expected to:

  • Attend the induction sessions in July.
  • Attend the leadership camp in June-August. POSTPONED
  • Attend and participate in fortnightly meetings (minimum 80% attendance).
  • Interact and listen to young people across the Shire to ensure you responsibly represent them and their views.
  • Contribute your ideas and enthusiasm.
  • Commit to and follow through with any tasks that you volunteer for.
  • Show respect to other Youth Council members and their views.
  • Be willing to work as a part of a team.
  • Represent Youth Council by attending official events when required.

What tasks does the Youth Council undertake?

Youth Council tasks include:

  • Developing and actioning an annual Youth Council Action Plan which supports the Wellington Youth Strategy.
  • Consulting with local young people and advocating for their needs - holding an annual Step Up! Youth Summit.
  • Discussing ideas, projects and submissions relating to youth.
  • Actively working to develop and implement projects that encourage youth participation.
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of the Youth Council Facebook page.
  • A willingness to learn about the role of local government.

Will I receive any training to help me in my role?

Yes. Council provides free orientation to all Youth Councillors, as well as opportunities to attend various other training and professional development sessions throughout the year.

Is there a uniform?

Yes. Youth Councillors are provided with a uniform - some of which is on loan, and some which you can keep.

What are the benefits of being a part of the Youth Council?

There are heaps of benefits! They include:

  • Developing fantastic skills and gaining experiences that will help you to be successful in the now and in your future.
  • Enjoying working towards positive change in your community around issues you are passionate about.
  • Learning more about other people in your community.
  • Experiencing the satisfaction of expressing yourself, getting something done, and seeing results.
  • Improving the opportunities, services and youth profile for other young people in the community.
  • Working on great projects that you are interested in.
  • Gaining an understanding of local government.
  • Making new friends and being surrounded by like minded people.

HEY Wellington

Welcome to the Wellington Shire Council HEY (Healthy Equal Youth) Grant, focusing on sharing the issues and experiences of young LGBTQIA+ people who live in Wellington.

We've produced a series of inspirational HEY Wellington videos that will help you understand what the HEY Grant is all about. Visit our YouTube channel to watch the series of 7 videos, from 4 different activists who will inspire you to step up to the HEY Wellington challenge and tell your own story.

In 2020, presenters included four notable people: writer Nevo Zisin, educator Daniel Witthaus, transgender actress Georgie Stone and her mother, Rebekah Robertson, chosen to share their stories of experiences and issues faced as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Watch short videos on each of their stories and quick-cut Q&As below or on YouTube here.

A number of young people who registered for the HEY Wellington project are now completing a series of workshops facilitated by ABC Gippsland producer and presenter Amber Irving-Guthrie, giving each a better opportunity to develop and tell their personal stories.  

The HEY Grant is funded and supported by the Victorian Government.

Storytelling Videos

Watch Georgie Stone's storytelling video

Watch Rebekah Robertson's storytelling video

Watch Nevo Zisin's storytelling video

Watch Daniel Witthaus' storytelling video

Q&A Videos

Watch Georgie Stone and her Mum, Rebekah Robertson's Q&A session

Watch Nevo Zisin's Q&A session

Watch Daniel Witthaus' Q&A session

This page was last published on: 
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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