Free activities in Gympie for National Youth Week
RUGBY games, skating and scooting championships, dragonboat paddling and a body art demonstration are just some of the free activities on offer across the region for young people in National Youth Week starting this Friday.
National Youth Week 2016 runs from Friday April 8 to Sunday April 17 to celebrate the achievements, vitality and strength of young people aged 12 to 25.
The week is a joint initiative of federal, state and local governments, and Gympie Regional Council will host four events to entertain and engage Gympie's youth.
Players aged 12 to 17 of any skill level are welcome to join in the Play On! Youth Week Footy clinic this Friday afternoon at 3pm.
Young women aged 16 to 25 can join artist Holly Hughes on Friday for a demonstration of her body art techniques after the opening of her new exhibition "Airbrushed" at the Gympie Regional Gallery at 4pm.
Regular faces at the Gympie Skate Park can't miss the Regional Skate and Scoot Championships on Saturday April 9.
The top three competitors in each division will qualify for the Wolves of Street Final in Brisbane, and there will be $800 worth of prizes on offer.
A free skate skills clinic, live music, free sausage sizzle, market stalls will also be on offer at the event.
Later in the week, young people in the Cooloola Cove area are invited to share their vision on outdoor activity facilities to be installed in Billabong Park.
The forum will meet at Billabong Park on April 15 at 3:30pm.
Bookings are essential for the football clinic, body art workshop and skating and scooting competition, while no registration is necessary for the Billabong Park forum.
All the events are free to attend or enter.
Visit gympie.qld.gov.ay/youthweek for more information and to register.
Community groups are invited to host their own Youth Week events, and the Cooloola Coast Youth Activity Project will offer a "Splash" day for high school students on Saturday April 16 at Norman Point at Tin Can Bay.
Students can participate in surf lifesaving activities, sailing, Tin Can Bay Coast Guard activities, stand-up paddleboarding, dragonboat paddling, fishing on a catamaran or fun at the local pool.
Visit the Cooloola Coast Youth Activity Project Facebook page to register for the day.
This year's National Youth Week, themed "be the future", is also promoting youth engagement forums across the state that will help develop the Queensland Youth Strategy.
While there are no forums planned for Gympie, young people can have their say on the Queensland Youth Strategy with the QYS Have Your Say survey at pcyc.org.au/QYSHaveYourSay