FReeZA is an innovative youth development program funded by the Victorian Government that enables young people between the ages of 12 and 25 to plan and attend a diverse range of quality music and cultural events in their local community.

The Hindmarsh Shire FReeZA program is led by the Youth Council and is based on a Youth Participation Model.

To find out more about the FReeZA events that are coming up - visit out Events page!


Engage! grants providing funding for community organisations and local governments to deliver a range of activities and projects that meet the individual goals and aspirations of young Victorians aged 12 to 25.

Activities may include leading a project, learning new skills to support transition to adult life, connecting with peers and trusted adults or showcasing young people's skills and talents within their local community.

Activities must be delivered across the following three categories - 

Category 1: Youth Engagement and Participation – promote the voices of young people and participation in decision making

Category 2: Youth Development – activities that support young people to develop new skills through training, mentoring or volunteering

Category 3: Youth Celebration – activities that showcase and recognise young people’s contribution to the community.

FRRR ABC Heywire Podcast

Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council have been successful in their funding application for the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Heywire Grant for a mental health podcast project. 

The 2021 Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council came up with the idea of a podcast where they will conduct interviews and have conversations with professionals around mental health, bullying, body image, self-care and a number of other topics that they have identified. The objective of the podcast is to facilitate healthy conversations, answer critical questions young people have around mental health, provide access to expert knowledge and to provide an opportunity for youth participation and empowerment in an exciting and important project.

Already, young people have been working hard to identify topics and talking points that are relevant, as well as planning how they will deliver the podcast program. As we move into next year, the youth team will be looking into practical podcast training for those involved, as well as making sure that our Youth Councillors are prepared and supported in talking about mental health.

Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council will also be working with local organisations – including West Wimmera Health Service, Headspace Horsham, Centre for Multicultural Youth and our local schools - to support young people putting this podcast together.

This is a community project, and we’ll be working hard to make sure young people are taking the lead! Hindmarsh Shire Council encourages the community to keep an eye out on Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council social media for how the project is progressing and how they can get involved.