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Council to celebrate Youth Week

Sydney based Totem Skateboarding will hold a series of skate and scooter workshops in West Wyalong as part of Bland Shire Council’s Easter school holiday program.

Council has an exciting line-up of holiday activities planned to cater for young people from ages five to 25 years through it library, vacation care and youth programs.

Following the surge in popularity of the skate park, in particular among scooter riders, Council has engaged Totem Skateboarding to run a series of free workshops on Thursday 13 April.

Sessions will be held for under 12s, under 16s and opens at the skate park between 2pm and 4.30pm.

The sessions will include demonstrations, instruction and open jam sessions with lots of giveaways on offer.

Participants need to register and have a legal guardian complete the online waiver form by visiting

Riders will not be allowed to participate in the workshop without a completed registration and waiver form.

The workshop is sponsored by the Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

Meanwhile, young people from six years and over will have the opportunity to try their hand at dartball, archery tag and sumo suits by visiting the newly refurbished West Wyalong Stadium on Wednesday 12 April.

Dartball is a revolutionary hybrid sport combining soccer and darts on one giant Velcro dart board.

Archery Tag is similar to dodgeball but played with bows and foam tipped arrows. It is an entertainment phenomenon never before seen in the Bland Shire which is now played in dozens of countries across six continents.

Participants on the day will also get the opportunity to go into battle with sumo suits where lots of fun and hilarity is ensured.

The event is provided free of charge courtesy of funding received by Council for National Youth Week.

Activities will run from 10am until 3pm with bookings through Bland Shire Council on 6972 2266. Participants will need a signed permission slip to be able to take part.

Meanwhile, High School Aged students are encouraged to register for a free digital animation workshop being held at the Bland Shire library on Thursday 20 April.

Participants will learn how to create animations using a phone, tablet or camera and create a 15-30 second video.

The session runs from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. Bookings are available by phoning Council on 6972 2266.

Council’s Vacation Care service and library are also hosting a number of school holiday activities.

Vacation care will run from 10-13 April during the holidays with a different theme and activities planned for each day including an excursion to the Junee Licorice Factory on Wednesday 12 April.

Vacation Care runs between 8.30am and 5pm each day and is targeted at young people aged between five and 12 years. Bookings are essential and more information is available by phoning Council’s Children’s Services Unit on 6972 2795.

The Bland Shire Library will hold Easter themed craft activities on Tuesday 11 April and Wednesday 19 April between 10.30am and noon.

Bookings are essential and more information is available by phoning the library on 6979 0272.