Carnival of youth takes to streets

Meagan Latham, Harry Marshall and Tamara Harrold had fun the at the Y-Carnival in Emerald at the weekend.
Meagan Latham, Harry Marshall and Tamara Harrold had fun the at the Y-Carnival in Emerald at the weekend.

SKATING demos, cook-offs, a talent quest and movie nights were highlights from National Youth Week celebrations in the Central Highlands.

The Central Highlands Regional Council has heralded the week an enormous success, with more than 600 youth attending events across the region for the week-long celebrations.

National Youth Week was celebrated from April 1 to 10 with up to 280 people attending the Blackwater event, 40 at Duaringa’s celebration and 350 attending the Y-Carnival in Emerald.

The theme for the week was Own It, which aimed to encourage young people in the region to speak out about issues important to them.

Blackwater kicked off the celebrations with movie nights held at Blackwater and Duaringa on April 1 and 2 and the festivities concluded with the Y-Carnival in Emerald on Saturday.

The carnival was held at the skate park with many young people attending from across the region.

“We wanted to make sure the free event in Emerald could attract as many young people as possible, so we arranged for buses to bring in people from Blackwater, Tieri, Capella, Gemfields and Springsure,” Mayor Peter Maguire said.

“In the lead-up to these events, the Youth Development officers partnered with many youth and service providers to plan and host these successful events.

“I know they did a lot of work with young people to ask them what they would like to see at the events, and then developed the activities accordingly.

“Judging by the numbers that attended, they did an extremely good job and the events were very popular.”

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