Youth and Early Years

Council provides a diverse range of programs and events for young people of different ages and backgrounds. Events and activities are also organised during school holiday periods.




State Government FreeZa funding is an initiative that supports the social, civic and economic participation of young people which has a positive and long lasting effect on our society.

Funding through the State Government’s FreeZa program allows us to provide opportunities for young people to express, socialise and have fun in a safe environment, while gaining valuable life experiences and skills. Our young Hindmarsh community members can express their creativity through many different ways including live music, festivals, art exhibitions, dance, hip hop, Skate and BMX recreational events, competitions and youth leadership and development opportunities.


School Holiday Program

Council's School Holiday Program provides a wide range of activities across the shire for school aged youth during the Autumn, Winter and Spring school holidays.

Information for the next School Holiday Program will be available soon! Please note Hindmarsh Shire Council does not plan a school holiday program over the summer school holidays however, there is still plenty to do! Please see the Hindmarsh Shire Council website or Facebook page or the Visit Hindmarsh website or Facebook page for further event details. Information about all programs and events run by the Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council can be found on their Facebook page.


Youth Council

Our Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council (HSYC) is made up of 12 young people aged between 12 and 25 who have a passion for our community and youth related issues. The Youth of the Year recipient is given the opportunity to join if they wish. 

Our Youth Council is currently funded through funding allocated by Council. Funding used for Youth Council projects aims to help improve young peoples’ community connections and encourages youth to contribute to their communities in a Local Government context.

As part of the program, HSYC organise various community projects and events. The group also provides opportunities for youth to participate in mentoring and volunteering roles and to develop education and employment pathways, whilst working on developing their own leadersihp skills.

The HSYC updated the Hindmarsh Shire Youth Strategy in 2016, which has revealed four key priority areas:

  • recreation and events;
  • education and employment;
  • health and wellbeing; and
  • leadership and community connections

Do you want to become a Hindmarsh Shire Youth Councillor? Recruitment begins in October of each year. Applicants are asked to complete a simple 5 step process to nominate yourself for a position!

1. Complete and submit an Expression of interest form

2. Complete a Hindmarsh Shire Council Volunteer Registration Form

3. Submit a one page letter explaining your interests, personal qualities and how you intend on engaging with other young people.

4. Provide details of 2 referees

5. Provide a signed consent form from a parent or guardian (if aged under 18 years)

The applicants are then interviewed and the successful applicants are notified late December/early January of each year. An official launch takes place shortly there after.

For more information on the Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council, please contact our Youth and Early Years Officer on 5391 4444 or email Dont forget to follow us on Facebook!

Links below
Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council Information Brochure

To nominate yourself for Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council 2019 you will need to go to our Youth Councillors page, click here.

Other Links that might interest you
Youth Event Consent Form (General)
2016 Youth Strategy



Hindmarsh Shire Council and Horsham and District Kindergarten Association work in partnership to provide three year old educational Kindergarten programs for children prior to school entry.

Kindergarten programs are designed to improve your child's development in the following key areas:

  • Social skills, including how to play with other children in a calm, sharing and rewarding way
  • Emotional skills
  • Language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • A joy for learning and group activities
  • Ability to make new friends
  • Exposure to new ideas and concepts

Kindergarten also provides families with access to support and assistance for children with special needs, as well as resources and links to community services.

All enquiries may be directed to the Horsham and District Kindergarten Association on 03 53827997

Kindergarten Locations

Dimboola Early Learning Centre
Kindergarten and Childcare
27 Hindmarsh St
Dimboola 3414

Jeparit Kindergarten
9-11 Hindmarsh St
Jeparit 3423

Nhill Early Years Centre
Kindergarten and Childcare
2/20 Whitehead Ave
Nhill 3418

Rainbow Kindergarten
47 Taverner St
Rainbow 3424

For more information please contact Horsham and District Kindergarten Association or our Community Development Coordinator on 03 5391 4444 or email

Hindmarsh Shire Council Municipal Early Years Plan
Horsham and District Kindergarten Association



Playgroup caters for children from birth to school age, creating a space where parents and children can come together every week to encourage a positive environment to learn, explore, grow and nurture children’s talents.

Hindmarsh Shire Council is proud to provide access to community playgroups in each of our four major towns.

Everyone is welcome to attend any of the playgroup sessions.






Smalltalk Playgroup
Nhill Early Learning Centre
2/20 Whitehead Avenue, Nhill 3418
Tuesday mornings, (In school term times only) 9.30am-11.30am
Free to all families – morning tea provided
Run by a qualified facilitator through Hindmarsh Shire and Department of Education.
Phone: 0417 020 329

Community Playgroup
Nhill Early Years Centre
Friday 9am-12pm

Get Em Going
Nhill Lutheran School
Tuesday 9.30am-11am
(Finalist 2015 Playgroup Vic Awards)

Pre-School Music Program @ Nhill College
3rd Wednesday of each month 9am-930am


Smalltalk Playgroup
Jeparit Kindergarten
9-11 Hindmarsh Street, Jeparit 3423
Thursday mornings, (In school term times only) 9.30am-11.30am
Free to all families – morning tea provided
Run by a qualified facilitator through Hindmarsh Shire and Department of Education.
Phone: 0417 020 329

Jeparit Kindergarten
Every second Wednesday during school terms


Rainbow Kindergarten
Friday 10am-12pm


Dimboola Maternal Child Health Centre
Tuesday 10am-11.30am
Thursday 10am-11.30am
(Finalist 2015 Playgroup Vic Awards)
(Winner Regional Playgroup of the Year 2017- Playgroup Vic Awards)

For further information please contact your local Maternal Child Health Nurse or our Youth and Early Years Officer on 03 5391 4444

To enrol your child or add your child's name to 3 or 4 year old kindergarten waiting list please contact Uniting on 03 5362 4000

Hindmarsh Shire Council Municipal Early Years Plan
Playgroup Victoria Website


Maternal and Child Health

West Wimmera Health Service provides maternal child health services across the Shire.  This service provides a range of services from antenatal clinics to Key Ages and Stages consultations and immunisation sessions.

Two MCH nurses service the shire to provide a free, all-inclusive service to parents and children from 0-6 years of age. This service helps to monitor the progress and development of children and assists parents with their role as caregivers.

Both nurses also provide immunisation sessions across the shire.

MCH services are provided Monday to Friday with hours distributed across the four townships.

For more information or to book an appointment please contact your local Maternal Child Health Nurse.

For more information contact:
Mandy Stephan
Maternal & Child Health Nursing / Maternal & Child Health Co-ordinator
Phone: 03 5391 1287


Hindmarsh Shire: A Tourism Guide for Families

An interactive, printed brochure for travelling families that can be found in almost every tourism hotspot and accommodation venue across Hindmarsh Shire, as well as the Tourist Information Centre located in Nhill. Pick up your copy today!


Page 34 - Hindmarsh Word Search: Answers

Page 37 - Hindmarsh Word Scramble: Answers

Page 51 - What's That Crop?: Answers








As of 11:59pm Wednesday 16 September 2020, Regional Victoria will move into the third step of the COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery. Read below for an update on the changes to Council’s services.

Unfortunately we are unable to open our libraries, so libraries and customer service centres will remain closed, except that the Nhill office will now be open from 10am to Midday and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday without the need to make an appointment, although appointments are encouraged. Only click and collect services will be available at our libraries, for more information on this, click here.

Our parks, playgrounds and skate parks will all be open as of today and people are able to gather (up to 10 people) outdoors.

Halls and the cinema will remain closed as under the third step indoor venues are to be closed.

Updated 17/9/2020