Youth Activities

The Borough of Queenscliffe is proud to support our young people.

Queenscliff Music Festival FOOT-in-the-DOOR Program

FOOT-in-the-DOOR is a vibrant youth program that is supported by FReeZA and runs for the duration of the Queenscliff Music Festival. Its purpose is to help emerging young artists showcase their talents, and as the name suggests get a ‘foot-in-the-door’ in the music industry. It gives young artists the chance to perform live in front of an audience at a nationally acclaimed music festival, which is a very valuable and rewarding experience for those selected artists.

Click here for more information about the program.

Odyssey Film Festival

The Odyssey Film Festival is an event that showcases the talents of young film makers from secondary schools across the Greater Geelong region. In 2017, talented local student Harry Doull's short film "Queenscliff' was featured in the Odyssey film festival. Click here to watch the film.

Head Start Youth Art Exhibition

The Head Start Youth Art Exhibition is an exhibition by youth, for youth, that has been staged annually since 2016 by the Queenscliff Neighbourhood House and HOUSE Gallery. In 2017 a selection of images from the exhibition were placed on temporary outdoor display at the Queenscliff Harbour. For more information about the exhibition, check out the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House website here.

Young Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year is awarded by the Borough of Queenscliffe Council as part of the Australia Day Awards each year.

In 2018, the Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Isabelle (Belle) Kidd and Alexandra Scorgie.

Belle has been a member of the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club for over seven years. During that time Belle has attained a number of surf life saving qualifications including her Bronze Medallion, Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue), Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Certificate and Surf Rescue Certificate, as well as various awards that she earned during her time as a member of the Nippers program. Belle completed 39 hours of volunteer patrols during the 2016–17 Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club season and 64 hours in the previous season. In the 2016–17 season Belle held the position of Junior Club Captain and her participation in the annual Cadet and Junior Bronze camps in recent years demonstrate her willingness to offer assistance across the Club. Belle is also a netball coach, badged umpire and senior netball player with the Queenscliff Football Netball Club, where her commitment and generosity make her a superb role model and mentor for the junior players. Belle played the leading role in establishing, and captained, Queenscliff's first all-female football team (the Coutas) last season. Through her part-time employment at YMCA Camp Wyuna, Belle also volunteers her time to assist charity and not-for-profit organisations.

Alexandra Scorgie became one of the youngest female players for Water Polo Australia Barbarians, a Victorian team consisting of club players in the National Water Polo League, in 2017. As Captain of the Victorian Water Polo team, most valuable player in the Under-16 Victorian State Water Polo Championships, highest goal scorer in the Under-16 Victorian State Water Polo Championships, Alexandra’s reputation precedes her to the point that other clubs are quick to make use of her excellent skills and explosive scoring power whenever her home club, Richmond, is not competing. Alexandra has successfully balanced her training and playing commitments in Melbourne and interstate with her secondary studies at Kardinia International College. She is a National Identified Athlete on the Australian Winning Edge (AWE) list and a Train On VIS athlete with the Victorian Institute of Sport.

In 2017, the Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Aaron Ford and Oliver Hodge. At the time, Aaron and Oliver were members of the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House HOUSE Gallery Committee and were both studying Architecture at University. They were both instrumental in organizing the inaugural Head Start Youth Art Exhibition 100% for youth by youth which was held in September 2016. Aaron and Oliver invited young emerging artists from the Bellarine Peninsula between the ages of 14 to 20 years to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to exhibit works that explored the concept of “home” encouraging artistic interpretation of both the physical and the abstract.

Their work included:

  • Attending numerous planning meetings to organize and plan the exhibition including a detailed timeline of important dates.
  • Designing the Head Start Youth Art logo and poster.
  • Making personal contact with schools on the Bellarine Peninsula and Geelong where local students attended to promote the exhibition.
  • Making personal contact and liaising with Art teachers at these schools.
  • Using social media including Facebook, Instagram and email to attract expressions of interest.
  • Convening an Information night where prospective contributors were given further information about the exhibition and how to submit their work.
  • Administrative duties such as collating data about each application.
  • Reporting to the HOUSE Gallery committee on a regular basis to keep them up to date with the progress of preparations for the exhibition.
  • Curating the exhibition; photographing each piece of work and creating an exhibition catalogue.
  • Organising and liaising with printers to have this catalogue ready for the Exhibition Opening.
  • Organising the Exhibition Launch including entertainment by young people and catering.