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Holiday Fun for Regional Youth

There’s plenty of free fun to be had across the regions during the April holidays.

Young people enjoying each others company in a sunny rural setting


Take advantage of sports and recreation camps, training courses and ‘BBQ and Beats’ events during the April holiday period, thanks to the Office for Regional Youth Holiday Break program.

This initiative is here to provide young people in communities impacted by COVID-19 border closures, bushfires and drought the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, learn new skills and engage during the April school holidays.

Check out the information on fun activities available in your area.

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Sport and Rec Camps

Take a break, get active, and have some fun at one of six great Sport and Rec camps in four locations. There are over 240 free places available for young people. Activities can include archery, kayaking, bushwalks, cooking, craft, and much more. Meals, accommodation, and activities are included, plus free transport thanks to Transport NSW.
Children enjoying kayaking

BBQ and Beats

10 regional towns will enjoy BBQ and Beats nights hosted by PCYC and funded by the Office for Regional Youth. Grab a bite with friends, enjoy some music and dance the night away! View the link for dates, events and locations.
dancing outside

Smart and Skilled

Take advantage of fee-free training courses for young people, job seekers and school leavers to gain skills in Australia's growing industries. Over 100,000 training places relevant to jobs of the future have been funded by the NSW and Australian Government as part of the JobTrainer program. Smart and Skilled training covers apprenticeships and most new-entrant traineeships. Eligible students can choose from hundreds of NSW Government subsidised qualifications. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, build your resume and explore your interests.
Young apprentices learning from experienced worker

Council-led youth activities

Local youth events and activities will also spring up around regional NSW this school holidays. More than 50 councils impacted by bushfires, border closures or drought will be eligible for funding from the Office for Regional Youth to enhance activities for young people during the school holidays. Activities may include expanding access to the local pool and pool activities, free or subsidised discos and movies, creative activities and even more activities at your local library or youth centre. Check out your local council website for more details.
Art class

Don’t forget to apply for a Creative Kids and Active Kids voucher available to families, to provide access to additional free of charge activities.

Albury City Council
Armidale Regional Council
Ballina Shire Council
Balranald Shire Council
Bega Valley Shire Council
Bellingen Shire Council
Berrigan Shire Council
Bogan Shire Council
Bourke Shire Council
Brewarrina Shire Council
Broken Hill City Council
Byron Shire Council
Central Darling Shire Council
Clarence Valley Council
Cobar Shire Council
Coffs Harbour City Council
Coonamble Shire Council
Edward River Council
Eurobodalla Shire Council
Federation Council
Gilgandra Shire Council
Glen Innes Severn Council
Greater Hume Shire Council
Gwydir Shire Council
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Inverell Shire Council
Kempsey Shire Council
Kyogle Council
Lachlan Shire Council
Lismore City Council
City of Lithgow Council
Mid-Coast Council
Moree Plains Shire Council
Murray River Council
Nambucca Valley Council
Narrabri Shire Council
Narromine Shire Council
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
Richmond Valley Council
Shoalhaven City Council
Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Snowy Valleys Council
Tenterfield Shire Council
Tweed Shire Council
Uralla Shire Council
Walcha Council
Walgett Shire Council
Warren Shire Council
Weddin Shire Council
Wentworth Shire Council
Wingecarribee Shire Council

Information for eligible councils

  • If your Local Council is included in the eligible list you can apply for up to $5000 of funding for new or enhanced youth activities, services and programs delivered between 1 April and 18 April 2021.
  • Applications open on 17 March 2021.
  • You will need to provide documentation and apply for the funds to be reimbursed to you before 23 April 2021.
  • Proposals will be assessed within 5 working days of submission.

To learn more, read the 

Council Grant Guidelines (PDF, 190.09 KB)


Eligible councils can apply here:

Any questions can be sent to: 

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