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School Holiday Program

During scheduled Victorian school holidays, Council provides young people aged 12 - 16 with free or discounted social, recreation and educational activities.

The aim of the School Holiday Program is to help students increase their participation, skills and knowledge so as to enhance their overall wellbeing.

Youth Art Prize

The annual Youth Arts Prize is open to all secondary aged students who live, study or work in the Mildura Rural City Council Municipality.

This year the Youth Art Prize will again look a little diffeerent but the competition is still on!

Open to all Secondary Students, categories are: Drawing, Painting, Photography and Graphic Design.

Please fill out the online entry form and upload a photo of your artwork and a photo of you holding your artwork for us to showcase on our social media pages.

Youth Art Prize Entry Form

Entries close 5pm, Tuesday 25 May 2021

Judging will take place on Friday 4 June 2021

Prizes & certificates will be posted out Friday 11 June 2021


Youth Awards

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Nominations close Friday 12 March 2021

2021 Youth Awards Fact Sheet(DOCX, 2MB)

2021 Youth Awards Nomination Form(PDF, 1MB)

The Youth Awards aim to recognise and celebrate young people who have made and/or are currently making significant contributions in celebrate and recognise the amazing young people aged between 12 and 25 years of age who live, study or work within the Mildura Rural City Council area. 

Awards Ceremony

All young people nominated will be recognised at a formal Dinner to be held on Wednesday 8 April 2021 and will receive a certificate from Mildura Rural City Council for their achievements and or contribution to the local community.  The individual award winners will receive a $100 voucher and winning groups will receive $200 voucher. 


Youth Carer Award

This award recognises an individual who is a carer for a family member, relative or friend with a disability, mental illness or chronic condition.
This may be demonstrated through performing tasks such as;

  • Caring for others by cooking, banking, and shopping, driving and daily chores.
  • Generally giving his or her time to making life more comfortable for someone else.
  • Balances caring, work, school and/or studies commitments.

Youth Volunteer Award 

This category recognises a young person who regularly gives up his or her valuable time and effort for the benefit of the community or an organisation.
This may be demonstrated through the following:

  • Commitment to volunteering.
  • Addressing a community need or issue.
  • Has organised or been involved in a community group or activity which has improved people’s lives.
  • Made a positive contribution to an organisation or group that is community focused.
  • Encouraged others to participate in the community.

Youth Community Group Award 

This category recognises a group of young people who have shown outstanding dedication through their involvement or participation in the community and have made a significant difference.
This could be a group that demonstrates any of the following:

  • A team or group committed to the improvement of the wellbeing of others. For example helping others in a time of need, a community group, a church group, school group or charity organisation that creates a stronger caring community
  • A team or group that inspires and/or empowers others to add value or participate voluntarily in the community with a positive, caring attitude.

Please note - 80 per cent of the group members need to be between the ages of 12 and 25 to be eligible for this award.

Youth Artist Individual Award

This category recognises a young person who has demonstrated initiative, innovation and made a positive community contribution through drama, visual arts, performing arts, technical support, debating, literacy pursuits or music.
This may have been demonstrated through any of the following:

  • Being supportive and actively involved in the visual arts or performing arts industry.
  • Making a particular effort to mentor or teach others in their chosen activity
  • Using their talent to volunteer or make a contribution to the community


For more information or assistance with the nomination application please contact the Youth Development Officer, Barbara Clifford on (03) 5018 8100 or email   

Previous Award Winners


Youth Volunteer Award - Sophie McAliece
Youth Group Award - All Abilities football coaching team
Youth Carer Award - Martin Zigashane
Youth Artist Award - Sophia Craig


Youth Artist Award - Loughie Kemp


Most Outstanding Young Carer Award - Lily Bruhn

Youth Volunteer Award Joint Winners - Jarrod Searle and Cheyenne Cochrane



Youth Community Group Award – HomeBase

Youth Volunteer Award Joint Winners – Bethany Simpson and Tanika Thorne
Youth Group Award – Bold Magazine
Youth Carer Award – Carla Piscitelli
Youth Artist Award – Ben Muster 

Youth Volunteer Award Joint Winners – Georgie Hopkins and Antonio Liparota
Youth Group Award – Afghan Representatives of Mildura Mehdi Arifi , Sayema Najafi, Idress Jaffari ,Latifa Jaffry; Mohammed Ad Shujaee; Raihana Hashimi; Rohullah Ataye; Sadia Najafi; Saadat Ibrahimi
Youth Carer Award – Guylac (Rau) Mak 
Youth Artist Award – Emily McEwan 

Youth Volunteer Award Joint Winners - Jemma Searle and Jack Perry
Youth Artist Group Award - Sunraysia Gang Show Movement Team - Lily Adams, Kayla Adams, Alicia Jones, Rhiannon Curtis, Emily McEwan, Catherine O’Callaghan, Jarrod Searle, Jemma Searle and Sharnie Stimm
Youth Carer Award - Lexie Millward
Youth Artist Award - Brooke Lauder 

Youth Volunteer Award  - Juslin Ruganzia
Youth Community Group Award – Leo Club of Sunraysia - Katerina Blekic, Ivana Bleic, Nikolas Blekic, Salli Browne, Teagan Deacon, Allie Deacon, Erica Deacon, Jack Dobbs, Emily Evans, Joshua Gowers, Tahlia Kite, Chris Lawrence, Todd Linnett, Ben Mahoney, Danielle Mazza, Mikayla McGowan-Rickard, Aleare Smith, Bonnie Ransome, Holly Stone, Matt Valerio, Dylan Watson and Chlsea Wilkinson
Youth Carer Award Joint Winners – Tyson Keeble & Shannon Proctor

*Note award categories were changed in 2015

Create Award: Kurt Graf
Participate Individual Award -  Zhoe Drust
Group Participate Award-  Ride for the Hills group - Angus Bock, James Nugent, Jake Cumming, Jacob Lonsdale and Jack O’Donnell, Declan Marrows, Ethan Hicks, Tim Hill and Ben Galbraith
Activate Award -  Tyler Trevaskis
Most Outstanding Young Carer Award: Breanna Noble

Create Awards Joint Winners - Genevieve Pragt & Brody Flowers
Activate - Amanda Doolan
Individual Participate Award – Katerina Blekic
Group Participate Award Joint Winners -  Chaffey Secondary College - Diversity Program and Mildura FReeZA Committee
Most Outstanding Young Carer Award - Stephanie Slater

Show Us Your Shorts Film Competition

The competition is free to enter for all secondary school students. Entrants must live, work or study in the Mildura Rural City Council municipality.

Previous winners 

The judged winner - Tiggy Nasoufis
The people's choice winner - Sarah McCallum

The judged winner - Luna Grzan
The people's choice winner - Ben Muster

The judged winner - Riley Baldock
The people's choice winner - Jzarne Cochrane
The people's choice winner - Sarah Whyte

The judged winner – Michael Fox
The people's choice winner - Riley Baldock

Youth Expo

The Youth Expo is a multi-agency event that aims to improve young people’s wellbeing by increasing their awareness and use of agencies and services that are available in our region. The Youth Expo will showcase career opportunities, registered training providers, upcoming training courses, sport and recreation activities as well as volunteering opportunities. Everything for young people is free. There is also no cost involved for stall holders.

2021 Youth Expo

Check out some of the highlights from the 2021 Youth Expo. Hear from local youth in attendance, and learn more about the Expo's aims and goals.

2019 Youth Expo

Check out some of the action from our 2019 Youth Expo!


LAN Party Mildura

The Mildura LAN Party is delivered in partnership with Mildura Rural City Council and Tech Lab Mildura.

How to Register?

  1. You must have a Discord Account and join the LAN Party Mildura Server
  2. Complete the registration via Eventbrite, you are required to provide you names, address, email address, age, phone number and team name.

Tournament Rules

  • All entrants must live, work or study in the Mildura Rural City Council municipality and meet the age requirements at the time of entry.  
  • A player can only create one account.
  • Every player is responsible for their own internet connection to avoid possible ‘lag’.
  • All participants must check themselves in five minutes before the tournament starts.
  • The game schedule and the times that games will be played will be published in the online Discord chat group.
  • Competing players need to report scores within five minutes of their match ending by uploading a screenshot. (If applicable)

All games are monitored by the Administration Team

Behaviour Guidance

Council will promote a safe and inclusive environment, free of bullying and any other anti-social behaviour. The rights of each young person are respected and the safety of each young person is paramount.

  • By registering to be a part of the Mildura Tournament you have agreed not to post any abusive, illegal, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, racist or sexually orientated material 
  • All entrants in tournaments must treat each other and the administration team respectfully
  • Inappropriate behaviour such as using foul and/or offensive language, belittling or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated and any breeches will result in disciplinary action being undertaken and can risk instant disqualification

The administration team will take the following actions for any breeches of behaviour guidelines:

  • 1st offence: The player will get an official warning
  • 2nd offence: The player will be disqualified immediately and will be excluded from Discord,  the tournament and excluded from all future tournaments


All forms of cheating in matches are forbidden. Any attempt to deceive admins or other players with wrong or fake statements, information or data will not be tolerated. Players found to be cheating or breaking any rules will be excluded from the tournament, this includes their team.

Ratings of Games

The Mildura tournament will comply with the guidelines as set out by the Australian Classification Board, the ratings are listed below. No correspondence will be entered into. For more information:

  • General (G) classifications are advisory categories. This means there are no legal restrictions about viewing and/or playing these films and computer games.
  • Parental Guidance (PG)-rated content is not recommended for viewing by people under the age of 15 without guidance from parents or guardians.
  • Computer games classified Mature (M) contains content of a moderate impact. M-rated films and computer games are not recommended for children under the age of 15.
  • Children under the age of 15 may not legally watch, buy or hire Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) rated material unless they are in the company of a parent or adult guardian.

For more information contact the Youth Development Officer, on (03) 5018 8100 or email