Youth News

Malahang Bike Hut


The Bike Hut is a Banyule City Council Facility that is run by Volunteers who open up the Bike Hut at different times and offer a space to the local community to come in for a simple chat or to learn how to repair and maintain their own bikes. The Bike Hut provides tool and some parts to help you maintain their own bikes. The Bike Hut provides tool and some parts to help you maintain and fix your bike.

The aim is to teach people, especially young people, how to maintain and repair their own bikes and to develop life and social skills.



The Bike Hut is Open most Thursday afternoons from 3.30am – 5.15pm and on the 4th Saturday of each month between approximately 10am and 12.30pm.


We are always looking for volunteers who have some skills or the desire to develop skills in bicycle maintenance and repair, handy person skills and community engagement. If you are interested chat to someone at the Bike Hut or contact Banyule Youth Services.



For more information about the Bike Hut or Volunteering Call:


Banyule Youth Services on 9457 8855 or

Rise Up

YSAS and Banyule Youth Services have partnered together to create an exciting short term program for young women (14-17) from around the Banyule area. The program will be starting in Term 4 and will be broken up into six weeks! The program is similar to the Rise Program run previously, hwoever will focus more broadly on well-being than on education pathways this time.

The program is aimed at young women who are at risk of disengagement & would benefit from support around managing friendships, intimate relationships, body image & self-esteem.

Guest facilitators will include Family Planning Victoria, Youth Resource Officers from Victoria Police, a specialised Yoga & wellness instructor, a Self-Defence trainer and a workshop by a Local Artist.

Each session will combine mindfulness, journal writing, empowerment & discussions with fun, creative & inspiring activities!
Please contact Banyule Youth Services on 9457 9929 or email for more information

Skate Park art competition

Nillumbik are looking for students to submit eye catching designs to be painted on the new skate ramp at Eltham Skate Park. The winning design will be painted on the ramp by a professional artists.


Designs must:

  • attract people's attention to the new bin housed under the new ramp
  • encourage use for the bin
  • aim to reduce litter in the skate park

Each student may submit more than one design.


The winner will recieve a $200 Surf Dive n Ski voucher.


To enter go to:

Seeking volunteers interested in diversity and stamping out homophobia

We are seeking volunteers who are passionate about diversity, equal right and stamping out homophobia to help out with planning and crewing a tent at the upcoming Banyule Youth Festival. 

The tent is all about bringing rainbows to Youth fest (11th September 2016) and promoting diversity. This is your chance to volunteer some time to promote diversity and have some fun.


Current Ideas (that we need to build on);

  • Have a big rainbow flag that people can sign to show their support for diversity
  • Rainbow face paint
  • Use chalk to make a massive rainbow path through the festival
  • Have posters and other resources for LGBTIQ young people
  • Promote events for LGBTIQ young people, their friends and allies


Come along for some Pizza and a planning session on Thursday 11th August 2016


The annual Banyule Youth Festival is on Sunday 11th September 2016 and this year we want to bring the rainbows 


For any queries, please contact Richo on 9457 9907 or 0402 389 862 or


Olympic Leisure Centre is offering free Dodgeball for YOUNG PEOPLE 9 and up.

We promise to get the kids active and keep them entertained for one hour every Saturday @ 11.30.

You don’t need a team or experience, everyone is welcome. 

For more information 9459 1193

Street Team is back!

STREET TEAM is back!
YouthFest 2016 is coming soon – kicking off at 12pm on Sunday 11th of September!


We are looking for young people who want to WIN big for helping us to promote the event.

What do you have to do?

Tell your friends, family, people from school, neighbours & more about YouthFest.  Be creative – share things online, put up posters around school or the community, make a video.. the ideas are endless!

How does it work?

Simply sign-up here..    and then we will be in contact about what you have to do.  If you use Facebook then we will join you to a secret group where you will get tips for promoting & be able to share with us what you have done.  If you are not using Facebook then we can do the same via email or text message – whichever suits you best!
On the day after the festival the team at Banyule Youth Services will be deciding who has done the most/been the most creative/tried their hardest to promote the event and we will chose the winners!

What can I win?

1st prize - $100 GIFT CARD!  Plus a gift bag of goodies
2nd prize - $60 gift card plus a gift bag of goodies
3rd prize - $40 gift card plus a gift bag of goodies
For everyone that does some promoting – a gift bag of freebies to say thanks!  Kindly donated from local stores and services around Banyule.

What else will I get?

VIP ACCESS on the day of the event – as a dedicated promoter, we will allow you access to the VIP section of the event (that means, FREE FOOD!!)

MFB Studen Fire Safety Film Competition


Entries for MFB’s Student Fire Safety Film Competition Close in three weeks – Friday 5 August 2016



An impressive range of prizes are on offer as part of MFB’s first ever Student Fire Safety Film Competition! Prizes include Go Pro Heros, Panasonic Full HD Camcorders and Nikon Coolpix Digital Cameras. For the full list of competition prizes, click here.


Launched on 11 April, the Student Fire Safety Film Competition is part of MFB’s 125th Anniversary celebrations and is open to all Victorian Prep/Foundation to Year 10 students, who have been invited to create a 30 second film based on one of MFB’s fire safety messages.


Entries can be submitted by classes or youth groups (for examples Scouts’ Troops or Girl Guides) and the winning videos will be showcased across MFB’s social media channels.


Budding student film makers have until Friday 5 August to submit entries.



Student safety is paramount and as such, strict safety guidelines have been put in place – take a look here.


Visit the competition website for more information or contact Carlie Newman on 9665 4487.

Write Now Because You Love It

It’s winter. You know what that means? It’s time to enter Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s annual Write Now! Short Story Competition. This year the library are trying something slightly different: Entries for the OPEN category are to be based around the theme of Home. Think home, homecomings, belonging, departing or the idea of local. Use the idea of Home to kickstart your original story.

Entries open 1 July 2016 and close 6 September 2016 by 5.00pm

Whether you’re 6 years old or 100, the library would love to see your story. Entries are now open across three categories:

  • Junior (6 – 11 years)                        First prize: $50.00;  Second: $25.00
  • Young Adult (12 – 17 years)            First prize: $70.00 ; Second: $40.00
  • Open (over 18)                                 First prize: $120; Second: $70.00

All winning and commended stories will be published in an anthology.

This year’s judge is Melbourne writer  Lyndel Caffrey. Lyndel’s poetry, life writing, short stories and historical fiction have been published widely with ‘Glad’, her novella of 1920s Melbourne featuring in Griffith Review. Shortlisted for the 2015 The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, Lyndel teaches creative writing and works as a mentor and assessor with Writers Victoria.

So what are you waiting for? For an entry form and conditions please visit your branch or download a form from the libraries website here

Jets - Singing Group

Have fun exploring and finding your inner voice!

Time: 4-6pm on Fridays

Where: Jets - 2/24 The Concord, Bundoora

Running: 15th July - 16th September 2016

Who: Young people aged: 15 -25

Spoken Word


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