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Young people

Council's support of young people in Port Stephens is built around facilitating partnership with community groups, agencies and government departments to help build local service capacity. There is also a strong focus on building partnership with young people themselves to foster youth participation and leadership within community.

There are 10,242 young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years living in Port Stephens (2011 Census), accounting for approximately 16% of the total population. It is important that we have appropriate plans, strategies and mechanisms to ensure that the needs of our youth are met and young people are sufficiently resourced and supported to participate in the community as both role models of today and leaders of tomorrow.

Youth Strategy 2014-2018

NSW Youth Week

Youth Week began as a NSW Government initiative in 1989, and has since grown to be a celebration of young people in every state and territory across the country. Organised by young people, for young people, in communities across NSW and Australia, National Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to:

  • share ideas
  • attend live events
  • have their voices heard on issues of concern to them
  • showcase their talents
  • celebrate their contribution to the community
  • take part in competitions
  • have fun!

In 2018, Council supported a number of Youth Week events and activities run by and for the young people of Port Stephens. If you are interested in becoming involved in future Youth Week events, contact Council's Community Development and Engagement Unit.

Port Stephens Youth Sector

Quarterly meetings are conducted in collaboration with youth service providers with the aim to implement the Youth Strategy 2014-2018. These meetings are open to all persons and organisations who support young people in Port Stephens.

Things that have been happening across Port Stephens for young people

Contact Details

Community Development and Engagement Unit
Phone: (02) 4988 0121
council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au