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Youth Week underway with free fun for all

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For 10 days young people aged 12-to-24 are encouraged to get colourful, active, creative and heard at a range of free events happening across Lake Macquarie. 

More than a dozen activities will be on offer between Thursday 20 April to Sunday 30 April as part of the 2023 NSW Youth Week. 

Participants can learn to skate, take part in a colour run, paint a mural, tackle an obstacle course and join a young person’s festival. 

And, they are just a few of the activities on offer. 

Lake Macquarie City Council manager community partnerships Andrew Bryant said this year’s Youth Week program was all about new experiences. 

“We want our young people to try something they wouldn’t normally do, whether that be jumping on a skateboard, pulling out a paintbrush, or tackling an epic obstacle course,” he said. 

“Everyone can get out of their comfort zones a bit, around others who are learning, too.” 

Grundy Skateboarding will stage three free learn to skate sessions around the lake, for people of all abilities and skill levels. 

Mr Bryant said the Youth Week sessions complemented a full program of activities encouraging young people to express themselves. 

“This is a celebration of our young people,” he said. 

“We want them to know they are valued and heard, by giving them the opportunity to voice ideas without judgement.” 

“It might sound cliché, but these people really are our next leaders and we want them to know we recognise how important their perspectives are.” 

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