Gippsland South Sport and Recreation Youth

Funding for local youth events now open

Local groups that hold music and cultural events for young people can apply for their share of more than $70,000 as part of the latest round of FReeZA grants, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said today.

Mr O’Brien said the aim of FReeZa was to enable young people to organise drug, alcohol and smoke free music and cultural events in their local community.

“Though this initiative, young people in our communities are able to develop their organisational and event management skills and young emerging musicians are provided with valuable opportunities to hone their live performance skills,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Many past participants in the FReeZa program have gone on to become leaders in our communities, at their school and universities and in their place of work, so it’s important that we foster and provide ample opportunities for these strong, young leaders to develop.”

Mr O’Brien said the funding could be used for a range of activities including, live music events, skate comps, art exhibitions, movie nights and dance and theatre workshops.

“For the third year running, Wellington Shire Council has used FReeZA funding to host the Wellington Youth Art Prize, which invites artists between 12 and 25 to enter works into an art competition and exhibition,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This fantastic event gives exposure to the shire’s up and coming artists and provides them with an opportunity to showcase their works in an exhibition that is designed specifically for them.

“Entering their first piece in an exhibition or competition can be daunting, especially for young artists, but this event enables them to do so in an environment that is relaxed and on their level and this is what the FReeZa program is about.”

Mr O’Brien said those wishing to view the works of local youth artists could visit the Maffra Exhibition Space between 2 July to 31 August to view the works.

“I encourage local community organisations, student groups and local government to apply for this latest round of FReeZa grants before they close on Friday, 21 August,” Mr O’Brien said.

More information on the grants can be obtained by visiting or by phone Mr O’Brien’s office on 5144 1987.

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