Aboriginal Youth Committee event

03 December 2015

The Aboriginal Youth Committee will host an event featuring hip hop and footy fun for the whole community on Sunday 13 December, from 4pm-7pm, at Hovell Tree Park.

The committee, which is supported by AlburyCity, is made up of 21 indigenous teenagers from 12 to 18 years of age and led by co-presidents Zeke Wighton and Tahlia Biggs.

Zeke said the whole community was invited to the event, which will feature Indigenous Hip Hop performances and workshops and Specky Dreaming - a fun footy festival with a giant set of goals, inflatable players, handball challenge and a "specky machine" that helps people take marks.

"The Aboriginal Youth Committee has been working hard all year on smaller projects and this is our big end of year event. It'd be great if people could come along to enjoy themselves and show their support," he said.

The event coincides with the final community wood-fired oven bake for the year at Hovell Tree Park.

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven has spoken to Zeke and Tahlia and said he was impressed by the committee's work in its first year. The committee ran a two-day leadership workshop in which young people interviewed AlburyCity staff, they fundraised for the Cathy Freeman Foundation and were involved in a project called the "Enemy Within", which aims to create awareness among high school students of mental health and depression.

"The Aboriginal Youth Committee should be applauded for the level of leadership shown here to provide such an event for the whole community," Cr van de Ven said. "This is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community to support young people who have done a great job."

Aboriginal Youth Committee event
When: Sunday 13 December, 4pm-7pm
Where: Hovell Tree Park
For: The whole community
Cost: Free