Youth Services

Youth Services in Indigo Shire are diverse and exciting. Opportunities exist to participate, to have input and to enhance and develop new skills and to come together and celebrate.

In 2010 Indigo Shire Council adopted a Youth Strategy. This is an extensive analysis of the opportunities and lifestyle considerations facing youth in the Indigo Shire. The overall mission statement identified states:

It is recognised that children and youth develop in the context of families and communities. They are influenced by their participation in a variety of settings, including education and work and through their interactions with the immediate environment

And the purpose of the Indigo Shire Council Youth Strategy is:

  • To identify, articulate and prioritise issues relevant to Indigo Shire's young people
  • To inform Indigo Shire Council's policy, funding and planning decisions for 2010 - 2013.

A copy of the Youth Strategy can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Youth Strategy 2010-2013.

I86 Committees

i86 Youth Action Committee is a group of young people from the six major towns within Indigo Shire. These young people make up a youth representative committee as an advisory group for the Indigo Shire Council.

Representatives from Beechworth and Stanley, Rutherglen and Wahgunyahl, Yackandandah, Chiltern, Kiewa and Tangambalanga, and Barnawartha responded to identified youth issues and community needs, devise, develop, organise and volunteer at FReeZA and Push events, as well as organise the development of Youth Centres and help with youth sport and recreational facility development.null

If you would like to join an i86 Committee Youth Action Group or an i86 Sub-committee please contact Your input would be most welcome.


Indigo Shire Council facilitates Youth Music and Cultural Events each year across the Shire. These events are all drug, alcohol and tobacco free and fully supervised. No passouts are given at these events and transport is often available.

If you are in a musician or an artist and would like to be involved please contact or if you have an ideas that you would like to implement.

Follow this link for information on current FReeZA events (opens Freeza Website in separate window)

Youth Centres

The Beechworth Youth Centre is located in the old Railway Station in Beechworth and is called The Rail. Activities include art, music, computer access and holiday programs. Referral and advice services, brochures and other information is available at the centre.

The Beechworth Youth Centre is open on Monday and Wednesday from 2pm - 5pm


What is the L2P program?

L2P is a community based volunteer program designed to provide young learner drivers who face significant barriers to obtaining their Probationary Licence with the opportunity to access driving practice under the supervision of a fully licensed volunteer driver. Such barriers may include not having access to a supervising driver or a vehicle, and not being able to afford professional driving lessons.

Why is L2P being introduced?

L2P is needed because a key element of the Graduated Licensing System that came into effect 1 July 2007 which requires that all learner drivers aged under 21 years achieve a minimum of 120 hours supervised driving experience, which is certified and recorded by both the learner and supervising driver(s).

For most young learner drivers the opportunity to achieve 120 hours of supervised driving practice will be generated through professional driving instructor lessons along with additional driving practice being provided by parents. In others, extended family or close friends will be available. However, there are a number of young people who will have considerable difficulty in gaining access to this experience, due to non availability of a vehicle or supervising driver (or both) on an ongoing basis.

What is the role of an L2P mentor?

• To act in the role of a supervising driver and help the young person build up 120 hours of driving experience prior to going for their Probationary Licence.

• To develop and maintain a purposeful, empowering, supportive and ongoing relationship with a young person.

• Provide non judgmental support to the young person.

• Provide the time to listen to and support the learner driver without telling them what to do, but rather supporting them to find their own answers.

• Have fun with the learner driver!

• Meet with the learner driver for one hour per week.

If you would like to find out more about the L2P program please click here. To express interest in joining the L2P Program please call 1300 365 003 and ask for Youth Services.

Indigo Shire - Youth Facebook

In keeping with youth culture, Indigo Shire can be found on Facebook. This is an easy opportunity for young people to stay up to date with events, activites and programs as well as having input into shire programs and activities. If you wish to join us on facebook, click here or search for Indigo Shire.

Programs for Young People

Indigo Shire offers a range of varied programs for young people. These include health and well being programs, skills enhancement, driver education, creative activities, holiday programs and social activities. Indigo Shire Council also provides safe places for young people to come together, socialise and

Bushfire Youth Recovery Gift

The Bushfire Youth Recovery Gift was initiated by the Victorian government as a response to the affected areas of the recent Victorian bushfires.

This exciting project is a partnership between Indigo Shire Council and Alpine Shire Council and funded from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal to provide support services and community capacity building opportunities to young people of Bushfire affected communities. The Project began in Dec 2009 and will conclude in December 2011.

A Youth Bushfire Development Officer and a Youth Outreach Worker have been appointed to work in the community with young people, community groups, schools, health workers, community members, and other service providers

The Youth Bushfire Response Gift responds flexibly to local needs in order to:

  • Identify and engage isolated or vulnerable young people affected by bushfire related trauma in need of additional support through assertive outreach
  • Engage young people to lead active participation in local community recovery projects
  • Facilitate young people to access support and counselling services
  • Strengthen connections to young people with peers, family and community
  • Strengthen partnerships between government, community organisations and other stakeholders in the coordination and delivery of services for bushfire affected young people

For Application Forms and further information please click on the links below.

Funding application form - Bushfire Youth Recovery Gift

Bushfire Youth Recovery Gift Brochure

Consent Form - Bushfire Youth Recovery Gift Activities

Last updated: 17 July 2013