WENTWORTH Mayor Melisa Hederics, PICTURED, says that is thrilled with the level of participation by students in Years 5 to 8 ahead of the first Wentworth Shire Youth Expo.

The event will take place this Friday (May 11) at the newly refurbished Midway Function Centre in Buronga.

“It is the ambition of this Expo to engage our youth in workshops and exhibitions which showcase positive directions, and reinforce skills to help them deal with real-life challenges such as bullying, the influence of social media and mental health issues,” Cr Hederics said.

“To ensure that every student is able to attend, Wentworth Shire Council is making this a free event, and we are grateful to our local businesses and organisations for their generosity in helping achieve this.

“Because our youth are our future, this is the ideal opportunity to show them that their community values them, will support them and will encourage them through offering opportunities to become successful and happy residents through inclusion and contribution.”

The program on the day includes two ‘break-out’ sessions of sport and art, and keynote speakers Shantelle Thompson, NSW Police Constable Ben Kelly and Intereach, in addition to exhibitors showing the types of organisations that students can get involved with.

Cr Hederics thanked the organisations who have thrown their support behind the event, including the W2BH Project, the local Wentworth Community Bendigo Bank and the donation of time, energy and goods from supporters, volunteers and other businesses.

“I look forward to this Expo being the first in what I hope will become a Shire tradition, and additionally look forward to establishing positive relationships with the contributors and supporters of this event,” she said.