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Youth Development Officer (YDO) Lucretia Sperring

The Youth Development Officer (YDO) is responsible for developing policies and strategies for the development and participation of young people in the Southern Fleurieu region, providing planning and co-ordination of services, facilities and projects that identify needs and provide opportunities for youth development across the region. The  YDO is currently working over the Southern Fleurieu region and is in the position at 4 days per week Monday – Thursday.

The YDO works with many committees and youth networks at both a regional and on a State level:

  • The Southern Fleurieu Youth Network
  • Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
  • Wet Paint Youth Theatre Group
  • The Mental Health and Wellbeing Group
  • The Housing Round Table
  • Youth Affairs Council of SA (YACSA) - http://www.yacsa.com.au/
  • Local Government Youth Development Network 
  • Many other youth organisations, projects and events
  • LGBTIQ support group

For more information on any of these issues or what is listed below please contact Lucretia Sperring lsperring@victor.sa.gov.au or call on 85510586.

Learn how to make short films on your phone

Calling all budding, young film makers!!

Do you want to learn how to make short films on your mobile or tablets? If you are aged between 12 and 24, then you have an opportunity to attend a series of workshops in Goolwa during the July school holidays. 

The workshops will run over 8 days from 8th July to the 19th of July 2019 and will be based at Signal Point. There will be off site filming at various locations in Goolwa and surrounds. During the workshops you will learn about story boarding, creating, shooting, costume and prop design and editing short films from experienced tutors.

Films produced during the workshops will be entered into the Youth Showcase Extravaganza Short Film Festival on Friday November the 1st 2019.

There are a limited number of spaces available for the workshops, and you must be able to commit to attend all the sessions and have your own mobile device, or work with someone that does have a device that is capable of filming and downloading apps for editing.

These workshops are sure to fill fast, so secure your place now to avoid disappointment. These workshops are provided by the City of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Council and are part of the Councils’ Youth Development Program.

To register, or for more information, contact Youth Development Officer, Lucretia Sperring on 8551 0586 or email lsperring@victor.sa.gov.au

Southern Fleurieu Youth Network

The Southern Fleurieu Youth Network (SFYN) facilitates the coordination and collaboration between youth services in the region, supports the development of youth services and facilities and provides a forum for information exchange between youth services.

This network meets bi-monthly.  For more information, please contact contact Lucretia Sperring lsperring@victor.sa.gov.au or call on 85510586.

Southern Fleurieu Youth Network - Meeting dates for 2019(129 kb)

SFYN developed the Fleurieuyouth.com.au website to provide information links to services and organisations.


Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

YAC members all represent different groups of young people aged between 12 - 25 from the Southern Fleurieu region. This may include a school, community group, youth group, church, cultural group or youth agency. YAC aims to have a diverse membership so that the views of as many different young people as possible are representative. YAC members meet every 3rd week on a Tuesday and meetings are held in Goolwa and Victor Harbor and also participate in the running and event management of several youth, community events and blue light discos throughout the year.

Being a representative means that you need to “keep in touch” with what the views, ideas and issues of concern for the young people you are representing. You can do this in a number of way:

  • Informal chats
  • Advertise in school newsletter
  • Speak to a class or at school assembly
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Form discussion groups
  • Suggestion box
  • Speak to youth workers
  • Keep an eye on the news - local, Sate wide, national and international
  • Get out there and talk to people
  • Web site discussion groups
  • Forums and youth events
  • Small focus groups

Being in YAC is a great way of participating in your community and having an input to your local Council; YAC is a fun and social group to be involved with and a great way to make friends.

Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee - Meeting dates for 2019(68 kb)

YAC Facebook page

Wet Paint Youth Theatre Productions

Wet Paint Youth Theatre Productions will again commence its weekly drama workshop program on Monday’s from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in Goolwa’s Centenary Hall.  Weekly workshops involve drama skill development, drama games, film making and work on live theatre performance pieces.

These fun and creative workshops are driven by young people with the assistance of our Director Luke Allen Wet Paint is for young people aged 12 to 25 years of age living in either City of Victor Harbor or Alexandrina Council areas.

This year's Showcase Extravaganza will be held on Friday 1st Nov 2019 at 7pm at Centenary Hall, Goolwa.

Dates for Wet Paint - Semester 1 2019(12 kb)

Colour Me Senseless - Annual Youth Art Exhibition

“Colour me Senseless” is The Regional Youth Art Exhibition showcases the works of young people aged 13–25 years from across the City of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Council areas. It aims to encourage young emerging artists and arts students in our community to get actively involved in the local arts scene. The exhibition is an awesome opportunity to showcase your individual creative talent and produce something artistic that is exciting, striking, stimulating or thought provoking.

Colour Me Senseless gives the talented young people of our region a great opportunity to exhibit their work. The exhibition accepts all art forms including paintings, sculpture, instillation and photography.

The Regional Youth Art Exhibition will be held at the Signal Point Gallery Goolwa Opening night is Friday November 9th and the exhibition will run from friday 8th November – 1st of December 2019.

Blue Light Disco’s - Underage Rage

General Blue Light Disco's

Celebrate NAIDOC week at Goolwa with a fully supervised locak in Blue Light Disco on Friday 12 July.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia by Aussies from all walks of life each July to honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Hills Fleurieu Police invite young people aged between 7 and 14 years to join in the fun at Goolwa Sport Stadium (2 Glendale Gr, Goolwa) from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Tickets cost just $7 and include a drink and snack. Tickets can be purchased via this link until doors open on the night. 

Please see flyer NAIDOC Blue light disco(746 kb) for more information.  The event also appears on SA Police News and the Blue Light Facebook page.

The Underage Rage is a LOCK IN event so we will need parents to drop you off and pick you up at the DOOR.  A canteen is available with very cheap drinks, chips and chockies.

The Blue Light Disco is an initiative of the SA Police and is organised by the Southern Fleurieu Blue Light Committee and supported by the Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor.

For more information call Senior Constable Jane Pink on 83981752 or Lucretia Sperring on 85510586.


Youth Week Event - Escape Rooms

The City of Victor Harbor’s Youth Development Program and the Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) are excited to bring the Star Wars and Harry Potter Escape Rooms to Victor Harbor as part of the SA Youth Week.

On Wednesday the 17th of April “Escape the Rooms” ran from 9am – 5pm with sessions for 8 – 11 year olds in the AM slots and the 12 -25 year olds running in the PM time slots.

Escape room flyer(1266 kb)

There was some fantastic Youth Market Stalls throughout the day, some great music and a gold coin sausage sizzle during lunch time, so come along and buy some great products while enjoying a sausage or two (vegan sausages will be available).

The YAC members have been busy planning this great event since last year and are very excited to bring the spaces to life, the hours of work and dedication that go into these events are a credit to the YAC members”, said Youth Development Officer Lucretia Sperring .

SA Youth Week is about young people coming together and showing off their awesome talents, with funding from the State Government to help bring exciting activities to fruition, The Theme this year is ‘Participate and Celebrate’, so get your brains active, costumes ready and come along and join in the fun of the Escape Rooms, market stalls, music and BBQ lunch.

For more information contact Lucretia Sperring on 8551 0586 or email lsperring@victor.dsa.gov.au   


Step up Street Party

The City of Victor Harbor and the Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee, hosted a street party to showcase youth opportunities in the region.

Flyer for Step up Street Party(1766 kb)

The event aimed to bring southern Fleurieu communities together to celebrate their young people. 

More details and event on Facebook 

The idea is driven by a concept of a street party run by young people for young people in response to the comment, ‘There’s nothing for youth to do in our region’. 

The street party initiative has been driven by members of the Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee and Strathalbyn Community Youth, who have formed an ‘event team’, with the support of the City of Victor Harbor’s Youth Development Officer.

The theme of the street party is ‘Step Up’, empowering young people to be more involved in their local community by providing access to information about the opportunities available to them within the region. So come along and be a part of this great evening.

The event will include live music, entertainment, a chill-out zone, giant games, market stalls and activity demonstrations and food trucks. Community clubs and groups will have information stalls throughout the street party for young people to find out how they can get involved. So far organisations who have confirmed their attendance include the army cadets, scouts, CFS, library, dance schools, and smaller sporting clubs that you might not know operate in the region.

Services like Headspace, Skylight, Mission Australia and SAPOL will also be at the event to connect with.

For further information please contact lsperring@victor.sa.gov.au or call 8551 0586

The initiative was made possible through funding secured through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s ABC Heywire grants program.
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants is a national program that aims to help young people use their lived experiences to generate meaningful and impactful change in regional communities.

Young Person Skate Boarding

Short film image

Fleurieu Youth Website

YAC members meeting Rebecca Sharkey

Wet paint cast

Jay at Fusion singing


Escape room flyer image

Step up Street Party Flyer

 Youth Art - Sebastian speaking at the event


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