Circular Head Council employs a Youth and Community Officer to facilitate youth and community programs.
There is a variety of activities and services available to the young people of Circular Head.
For further information contact Council on (03) 6452 4800.
Circular Head Youth Leaders (CHYL)
The Circular Head Youth Leaders is a Youth Advisory Group to Council. Their role is to improve the health and wellbeing of young people by supporting and engaging youth, while allowing their voices to be heard.
CHYL meets regularly to advise Council on youth issues and concerns and develop activities and projects for young people in Circular Head.
CHYL was successful in obtaining funding through the Circular Head Council's Community Grants program to purchase a mobile espresso unit. Young people in Circular Head will then have the opportunity to be trained in coffee making and customer service skills, enabling them to make and sell coffee at our local community events.
“The Future is in your Cup Coffee Stall” attend the following event this year:
- Australia Day
- Science Gig
- Circular Head Agricultural Society Show
- Rural Health Tasmania Health Expo
- Forestry Rally
CHYL is now recognised in the community as a vibrant group of young people making positive changes in the lives of other Circular Head Youth. They assist at community events such as:
- National Youth Week
- Australia Day
- National Youth Week Official Launch
- Youth Fest
- Skate Park Opening Stage 2
- Pool Parties
- Seven Up Youth Centre
- Winter Woollies Campaign
- School Holiday Activities
- YNOT Youth Conferences
The following members were elected to the below positions in 2012:
- Junior Mayor (currently in school) Griffin Blizzard
- Senior Mayor (currently in the workforce) Nakore Popowski
- Deputy Mayor Emma-Kate Busscher
- Councillors Megan Thompson
- Councillors Jessie Ollington
- Councillors Erinn Ollington
- Councillors Cole Vincent
- Councillors Kane Hills
CHYL members (back from left) Griffin Blizzard, Cole Vincent and Kane Hills (front) Megan Thompson, Jessie Ollington, Alysha House (Circular Head Youth & Community Officer) Nakore Popowski, Erinn Ollington, Emma-Kate Busscher.
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Other Leadership Opportunities
As well as providing an opportunity to develop leadership skills through Circular Head Youth Leaders (CHYL) Circular Head Council's youth advisory group, Council has assisted both secondary schools with Youth Leadership activities.
Council has also nominated young people for leadership programs outside of schools.
Council recognises contributions to the community by a young person each year through its Young Citizen of the Year award, announced as part of the annual Australia Day celebrations.
|The skate park has been in operation since 2001. The facility attracts a number of users, and offers an alternative, low cost recreational activity. Regular skate jams are organised at the venue. Smithton Skatepark is located on the corner of Nelson Street and Havelock Street, Smithton.|
Skate Park Colours Up
A combined art project was undertaken by Council and Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation to engage with young people to decorate the addition to the skate park. Workshops were organised which gave young people the opportunity to work with a professional graffiti artist to develop designs to update the existing paintwork and provide colourful artwork for the new section of the park.
Art about Town
This annual event is fast approaching and Council is excited to launch this successful event yet again.
The exhibition is open to young residents of Circular Head aged between 12 and 25. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded.
The art work can be in any medium, and will once again be displayed in various businesses around the Smithton CBD. 2012 will again see “Art about Town – in focus”, youth photography exhibition.
Winners will be announced at Rural Health Tasmania Friday 18 October 2012 at 4pm.
- Art about Town $200
- Art about Town In Focus $200
- Public Vote $100
- Encouragement Award $50
If you would like more information or to enter please contact Alysha House at Circular Head Council on 6452 4803 or email email@example.com
*Entries must be the artist’s own work. All art work needs to framed or backed ready to be hung. Please include D-rings, wire or string. Where artwork is the result of a collaborative effort, all contributing parties must be recognised. Judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. All work is entered at the artist’s own risk. Circular Head Council shall not be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage attributable to the event.
Other youth activities organised and/or supported by Council include:
Circular Head Youth Centre - Seven Up
The Centre is still open! Students from grades 7 and up use the centre to catch up, play games, do homework, listen to music, participate in activities etc… A total of 97 sessions were conducted in the 12 months from July 2011 – June 2012, 1848 young people accessed these sessions, an average of 19 each session.
Activities undertaken included cup cake decorating, felt making, horror make-up, sausage sizzles, unicycle riding, break dancing, table tennis competitions, art workshops, jewellery making, gaming competitions, cooking, nail art and music sessions.
June – December 2011 saw a period in which a paid co-ordinator ran the centre with support from Rural Health and Council staff. Co-ordinator funding ended in December 2011 which heralded in a new period in the history of the centre. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in April 2012 between Rural Health Tasmania, Circular Head Council, Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC) and Smithton Christian Fellowship (SCF) to keep the centre in operation. Four staff from Rural Health, Council & CHAC now operates the centre each Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
Aside from the efforts of these organisations, the community has provided enormous support to the centre. SCF provides the location each week, Time Out on Emmett donates bread each week, Treasure Chest pledged money each month and many individuals and organisations have contributed money, food, furniture and time. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped to keep the doors of the centre open.
For more information and background on Seven Up click here.
Also feel free to check out this video of highlights via YouTube.
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Other organisations represented in Circular Head:
- Rural Youth
- Scouts (including Venturers)
- Naval Cadets
- Various Church Youth Groups
Riverbend Youth Centre
Riverbend Youth Centre is situated 6km south of Smithton on Trowutta Road in a beautiful riverside setting. The centre consists of a large complex all under one roof. It is capable of accommodating around 120 people and caters for all types of camps and conferences.
Riverbend is administered by the Christian Brethren Churches of Circular Head.
For further information visit: http://www.riverbend.org.au/
Sport and recreation is a key component in the lives of many Circular Head residents. Recreation grounds are located at Irishtown, Trowutta, Redpa, Smithton and Stanley.
Many sports are played both competitively and non-competitively by the young and young at heart. The most popular sports in the region are hockey (men's and women's), cricket and football.