Youth Week celebrations in the Macleay

Media release - 15 March 2017

Portraits of local young people displayed on buildings in Kempsey, and a colour fun run will be key parts of Youth Week celebrations this year.

Youth Week will be held from 31 March to 9 April and this year’s theme is ‘Get involved, be heard, make a difference!’

Kempsey Shire Council’s Community Relations team has worked closely with Key Employment, Melville High School, Melville Clontarf Academy, Kempsey High School, Kempsey South Public and artist Blak Douglas to create a temporary art display.

The Face Future, Future Face project celebrates the diverse and talented youth of the Macleay through a series of paste up self-portraits, taken over the last 18 months during local youth projects.

Council’s Community Projects Officer, Annabel Lines, said the photographs have been digitally manipulated and enhanced to create vibrant representations of our youth.

“Printed in a large format, the posters will appear around town in the coming weeks so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the faces of our future as they face the future.”

Council is also supporting the Kempsey Healing Together Committee’s Dash with a Splash - a 1.5km or 3km fun run or walk where participants will be splashed with all the colours of the rainbow. Prizes will be awarded on the day. There will also be music, a career and education expo and a health focus. It will take place at Verge Street Oval on Thursday 6 April from 10am.

You can register for the event through Durri Aboriginal Medical Service. Registration is $10 per person. Contact the Durri Program Team on 6560 2330 or e-mail

Registrations close Friday 24 March.

Face Future, Future Face poster One of the many great artworks that will be on display across the Shire as part of the Face Future, Future Face project