National Youth Week

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National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 all across Australia get involved in NYW each year.

NYW 2009 will take place from 28 March to 5th April 2009, but youth related events and activities will take place at various venues in the Manning before and after these dates.

NYW aims to encourage young people to share ideas, attend live events, have their voices heard on issues of concern to them, showcase their talents, celebrate their contribution to the community, take part in competitions, and have fun!

Youth Week for our local young people kicked off on Friday the 13th of March with Rock Off @ ur Library.

Over 130 young people turned out to see local band Respect Sunday and a number of solo artists including Holly Rankin. The Library staff were happy with the number of young people who turned out and are keen to get more young people involved in the Library. So look out for Rock Off @ ur Library II.

National Youth Drug and Alcohol spokes-person and researcher, Paul Dillon will be attending the Great Lakes Library on the 6th of April for the Drug and Alcohol Forum. As the guest speaker, Paul will cover topics such as how to talk about drugs and alcohol with your children, what the current trends are for alcohol and drug consumption among young people, and how parents and care givers can support their children to make safe choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

Parents, caregivers, young people and interested community members are all invited to attend. The Forum will start at 5:30pm at the Great Lakes Library, on Breeze Pde, Forster. The audience will also get a chance to meet local service providers, who can provide support to young people and their parents.

Also a part of Youth Week, the Youth Achievement Awards presentation was held on the 30th of March at Great Lakes Library. The awards aimed to recognise those young people in the community who have done fantastic things, but who have not received recognition for it. It was a chance for the community to say thank you and well done to those young people who go above and beyond what’s expected, with no prospect of a reward.

Some of the categories included Indigenous Young Person of the Year, Academic Young Person of the Year, Young Sportsperson of the Year, Creative Young Person of the Year, Technological Young Person of the Year, Community Minded Young Person of the Year, and there’s even an award for Youth Group of the Year.

A number of scholarships were available to the winners, which can support them to achieve more in their chosen field. This will hopefully be an annual event, so if you missed out on a nomination for this year, make sure you keep your eye out this time next year.

The New Moon Productions crew are also contributing to the Youth Week activities, with Bounce Without An Ounce. The Committee have been keen for quite some time to put on a drug and alcohol free Hip Hop event, so the group have put together a line up of awesome local and national Hip Hop acts to rock the stage of the Tuncurry Memorial Hall on the 17th of April. Headlining will be Indigenous act, The Last Kinection and supporting them will be local MCs OZ Conect, along with Kahlee Jayde, Biggy D, and heaps more.

The Last Kinection

The Last Kinection

For those of you who don’t know this Hip Hopping trio, The Last Kinection – let us fill you in. Joel, Naomi and Jacob are no strangers to success within this industry. Naomi (MC Nay) was one half of Australia’s sexiest R&B Pop sensation ‘Shakaya’. Signed to a major label at the age of 16, she quickly climbed the ARIA charts and stage, with platinum selling singles and album. However, after many years Naomi became disheartened and frustrated with the limiting and somewhat superficial aspects of being signed to a major commercial label. Within a week of calling it a day for Shakaya, Nay gets a call from big brother Joel (Weno) with the news that he and Jacob (DJ Jay Tee) had the same fate with their group ‘Local Knowledge’.

Local Knowledge was the first Indigenous group to perform at Triple J’s Live At The Wireless – winning Music Oz ‘Best Indigenous Artist ‘in 2005, and winning a Deadly Award for ‘Best Group’. Their single ‘Black Fellas’ has become an Indigenous anthem of pride that introduced mainstream to Indigenous Hip Hop.

Naomi and Joel come from a large family belonging to the Kabbi Kabbi people of South East Queensland. At a frightening, rapid pace they were losing their elders to the cycle of life. This reality was the reason behind the group’s name. The Last Kinection became a way for them to honour and express their pride, respect and knowledge of their culture and last remaining elder, their beloved grandmother, ‘Nutches’. Hence, the name of their debut album. Pronounced Nu-tches (‘u’ as in Put), the album has now been dedicated in loving memory of this inspirational woman.

‘Nutches’ is unique in its sound, lyrically enriched, with something for the mind, body and soul. The album has a way of transporting you through emotions and situations. Taking you to dark places, where you will feel sadness, torment and anger, then show you the light, make you feel the love and have you laughing while you bounce to the beat.

The tracks were written by MC Nay and Weno, through their reality. It’s the soundtrack of their lives, as Australian Indigenous young people (Murries), living an urban Australian life.
All production was masterminded by Weno and Jay Tee, by blending contemporary concepts, sounds and imagery with digital technologies, then lacing the tracks with traditional chants, lingo and instruments.

So make sure you check out Bounce Without an Ounce. Tickets are only $10 and are available from Homebase Youth Service, which is at 17 Peel St, Tuncurry. The event bounces off at 6pm and doors close at 7.30pm, so make sure you get there on time. Transport is available, so go to for times.

If you want to get involved in a bit of Hip Hop yourself, then sign up for the Hip Hop Production Workshop with The Last Kinection. The workshop will be run on Friday the 17th of April and Saturday the 18th. Young people will get a chance to learn from professionals in the industry and make their own beats.

If the crew are up to it, they can even get a chance to perform at the Chill Out! Surf Classic on the Saturday afternoon. It’s a fantastic way to learn the tricks of the trade and get a head start into the competitive music industry. All participants will get a free ticket to Bounce Without An Ounce on the Friday night, and the workshop is completely free. Call Sarah on:
(02) 6555 5622 to reserve your spot.

Also happening on Saturday the 18th of April is the Chill Out! Surf Classic. Taking place at Tuncurry beach and at the Rockpool car park, this event is set to be huge, encompassing a surf comp for board riding clubs from up and down the coast, a live concert, beach comps, heaps of giveaways and prizes to be won, and lots more. The surf comp starts at 8am, so come down and check out the action. Then from noon a number of local bands will be rocking the stage, including Hydrafonics, Respect Sunday and OZ Conect.

Chill Out! Surf Classic is an initiative of local youth services and the Hunter New England Health, to raise awareness of drug and alcohol issues for young people.

It aims to provide information about early warning signs of mental health, reduce the stigma of mental health, provide information on how and where to access help, give exposure to positive role models, and encourage the prevention of mental health problems.
If you’re from the Taree area and would like to get involved in Youth Week, then be sure to check out these events.

The Manning River Wipeout is happening on Saturday 28 March 2009 in Queen Elizabeth Park. The Race starts at 10am. It costs $20 to register a team, but spectators can watch the hilarity for free.

Also happening is Live and Loud in the Library on Wednesday 1 April 2009 at the GTCC Library, Victoria St Taree. The show starts at 6pm and goes till 9pm. The cost is only a gold coin donation and includes dinner.

TAFE are also celebrating youth, where high school students and the general public can have the opportunity to sample some of the courses on offer at the Taree Campus. This is happening on Friday 3rd April and starts at 10am for students and 11.30am for the general public.

The Taree PCYC are also putting on the ‘Make a Move’ Band Night, featuring Inhale the Sea, The Cold Front, Wolfbiker, The Shivering Indies, Breaking Dawn, Antifide (Mobius) on Friday 3rd April. Starting at 6pm to 10pm. Tickets are $10.

Shred For Normie Skate Competition is also happening on Saturday 4th April at Taree Skate Park. And the Taree Skate Centre are also holding a Live Band Fundraiser featuring local artists Respect Sunday, Such is Life and TAB on Sunday 5th April. Starting at 5pm to 9pm. Entry is $10.

Finally, finishing off Youth week with the Glitterati Red Carpet Film Party at Fay’s Twin Cinema, where the Young Achiever of the Year will be announced. The theme is Hollywood Glam, so pull out your best frock and head down on Thursday 9th April, 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets are $10.

Just a reminder that all Youth Week events are drug and alcohol free. If anyone would like more information about any of these events or to get involved in Youth Week, please contact Sarah at Homebase on (02) 6555 5622 or go to

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