YOUTH OPPORTUNITES PROGRAM SET TO “CREATE LITHGOW”
The NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities Grants Program is set to put young people from Lithgow on the road to stardom.
“Create Lithgow” is one of 35 initiatives across the state to receive a share in the NSW Government’s $1.5 million initiative.
The project was launched recently and involves a year-long series of workshops for young people who are looking to make a career in the creative industries.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said NSW Government funding of $42,000 will allow Lithgow City Council to drive the project, under the direction of its Community Development Officer, Alison Kim.
He said that over the next 10 months there will be workshops covering all aspects of the creatives industries.
“These range from song writing and sound production to recording, marketing, running a small business, copyright and legal issues, promotion stagecraft, lighting, videography and various other topics that are relevant to young people launching a career in the creative sector,” Mr Toole said.
According to Ms Kim the workshops will be facilitated by Centwest Entertainment and will tap into a range of skills, talents and experience in the local area as well as industry professionals from the wider region and around the state and nation.
“The initial workshop was facilitated by Lis Bastian, the former CEO of Arts Out West, Varuna Writers’ House and founder of The Big Fix, Blue Mountains Plurivserity, the Lithgow Sprint and Stop Laughting This is Serious Gallery,” Ms Kim said.
“The workshops are for young people aged between 12 and 25 years who are excited about the creative industries.”
Mr Toole said the Youth Opportunities program helps young people build life skills, employment pathways, and nurture good wellbeing and mental health.
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said more than half of the successful projects are based in regional and rural NSW.
“Rural communities know it’s vital to engage with young people as they are the future leaders in their regions,” Mrs Taylor said.