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Youth Development Officer

The Youth Development Officer (YDO) is responsible for developing policies and strategies for the development and participation of young people in the Southern Fleurieu region, providing planning and co-ordination of services, facilities and projects that identify needs and provide opportunities for youth development across the region. The  YDO is currently working over the Southern Fleurieu region and is in the position at 4 days per week Monday – Thursday.

The YDO works with many committees and youth networks at both a regional and on a State level:

  • The Southern Fleurieu Youth Network
  • Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
  • Wet Paint Youth Theatre Group
  • The Mental Health and Wellbeing Group
  • The Housing Round Table
  • Youth Affairs Council of SA (YACSA) -
  • Local Government Youth Development Network
  • Many other youth organisations, projects and events
  • LGBTIQ support group

For more information on any of these issues or what is listed below please contact Lucretia Sperring or call on 85510586.

Wet Paint Youth Theatre Productions

Wet paint cast

Wet Paint Youth Theatre Productions will commence its fun weekly drama workshop program on Wednesdays from 3.30 to 5.30pm in Victor Harbor’s Recreation Centre (next to Victor High School) from Wednesday the 19th February 2020.

Weekly workshops involve fun drama skill development, drama games, film making and work on performance pieces. These awesome workshops are driven by young people with the assistance of our Director and Tutor Luke Allen and Assistant Director Destiny Brackstone and coordinated by the Youth Development Officer Lucretia Sperring.

Wet Paint is for all young people aged 12 to 24 years of age living in the Victor Harbor Council area.  It is fully inclusive, heaps of fun and it is FREE.

So come along for a come and try session on Wednesdays from 3.30pm.

For more information contact Youth Development Officer Lucretia Sperring at City of Victor Harbor on 8551 0586 or email

Learn how to make short films on your phone

Short film image

Calling all budding, young film makers!!

Do you want to learn how to make short films on your mobile or tablets? If you are aged between 12 and 24, then you have an opportunity to attend a series of workshops during the July school holidays. 

The workshops usually run over school holidays - dates are to be confirmed for 2020.  There will be off site filming at various locations. During the workshops you will learn about story boarding, creating, shooting, costume and prop design and editing short films from experienced tutors.

Films produced during the workshops will be entered into the Youth Showcase Extravaganza Short Film Festival.

There are a limited number of spaces available for the workshops, and you must be able to commit to attend all the sessions and have your own mobile device, or work with someone that does have a device that is capable of filming and downloading apps for editing.

These workshops are sure to fill fast, so secure your place now to avoid disappointment. These workshops are provided by the City of Victor Harbor and are part of the Councils’ Youth Development Program.

To register, or for more information, contact Youth Development Officer, Lucretia Sperring on 8551 0586 or email

Southern Fleurieu Youth Network

Fleurieu Youth Website

The Southern Fleurieu Youth Network (SFYN) facilitates the coordination and collaboration between youth services in the region, supports the development of youth services and facilities and provides a forum for information exchange between youth services.

This network meets bi-monthly.  For more information, please contact contact Lucretia Sperring or call on 85510586.

SFYN developed the website to provide information links to services and organisations.

Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

Youth Art - Sebastian speaking at the event

YAC members all represent different groups of young people aged between 12 - 25 from the Southern Fleurieu region. This may include a school, community group, youth group, church, cultural group or youth agency. YAC aims to have a diverse membership so that the views of as many different young people as possible are representative. YAC members meet every 3rd week on a Tuesday and meetings are held in Victor Harbor and also participate in the running and event management of several youth, community events and blue light discos throughout the year.

Being a representative means that you need to “keep in touch” with what the views, ideas and issues of concern for the young people you are representing. You can do this in a number of way:

  • Informal chats
  • Advertise in school newsletter
  • Speak to a class or at school assembly
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Form discussion groups
  • Suggestion box
  • Speak to youth workers
  • Keep an eye on the news - local, Sate wide, national and international
  • Get out there and talk to people
  • Web site discussion groups
  • Forums and youth events
  • Small focus groups

Being in YAC is a great way of participating in your community and having an input to your local Council; YAC is a fun and social group to be involved with and a great way to make friends.

YAC Facebook page

Colour Me Senseless - Annual Youth Art Exhibition

YAC members meeting Rebecca Sharkey

“Colour me Senseless” is The Regional Youth Art Exhibition showcasing the works of young people aged 13–25 years from across the region. It aims to encourage young emerging artists and arts students in our community to get actively involved in the local arts scene. The exhibition is an awesome opportunity to showcase your individual creative talent and produce something artistic that is exciting, striking, stimulating or thought provoking.

Colour Me Senseless gives the talented young people of our region a great opportunity to exhibit their work. The exhibition accepts all art forms including paintings, sculpture, instillation and photography.

Blue Light Disco’s - Underage Rage


General Blue Light Disco's

We celebrated NAIDOC week at Goolwa with a fully supervised lock in Blue Light Disco on Friday 12 July.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia by Aussies from all walks of life each July to honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Hills Fleurieu Police invited young people aged between 7 and 14 years to join in the fun at Goolwa Sport Stadium (2 Glendale Gr, Goolwa) from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Please see flyer NAIDOC Blue light disco(746 kb) for more information.  The event also appears on the Blue Light Facebook page.

The Blue Light Disco is an initiative of the SA Police and is organised by the Southern Fleurieu Blue Light Committee and supported by the Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor.

For more information call Senior Constable Jane Pink on 83981752 or Lucretia Sperring on 85510586.

Youth Week Event - Escape Rooms

Escape room flyer image

The City of Victor Harbor’s Youth Development Program and the Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) are excited to bring the Star Wars and Harry Potter Escape Rooms to Victor Harbor as part of the SA Youth Week.

On Wednesday the 17th of April “Escape the Rooms” ran from 9am – 5pm with sessions for 8 – 11 year olds in the AM slots and the 12 -25 year olds running in the PM time slots.

Escape room flyer(1266 kb)

There was some fantastic Youth Market Stalls throughout the day, some great music and a gold coin sausage sizzle during lunch time, so come along and buy some great products while enjoying a sausage or two (vegan sausages will be available).

The YAC members have been busy planning this great event since last year and are very excited to bring the spaces to life, the hours of work and dedication that go into these events are a credit to the YAC members”, said Youth Development Officer Lucretia Sperring .

SA Youth Week is about young people coming together and showing off their awesome talents, with funding from the State Government to help bring exciting activities to fruition, The Theme this year is ‘Participate and Celebrate’, so get your brains active, costumes ready and come along and join in the fun of the Escape Rooms, market stalls, music and BBQ lunch.

For more information contact Lucretia Sperring on 8551 0586 or email

Step up Street Party

Jay at Fusion singing

The City of Victor Harbor and the Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee, hosted a street party to showcase youth opportunities in the region.

Flyer for Step up Street Party(1766 kb)

The event aimed to bring southern Fleurieu communities together to celebrate their young people.

More details and event on Facebook

The idea is driven by a concept of a street party run by young people for young people in response to the comment, ‘There’s nothing for youth to do in our region’.

The street party initiative has been driven by members of the Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee and Strathalbyn Community Youth, who have formed an ‘event team’, with the support of the City of Victor Harbor’s Youth Development Officer.

The theme of the street party is ‘Step Up’, empowering young people to be more involved in their local community by providing access to information about the opportunities available to them within the region. So come along and be a part of this great evening.

The event will include live music, entertainment, a chill-out zone, giant games, market stalls and activity demonstrations and food trucks. Community clubs and groups will have information stalls throughout the street party for young people to find out how they can get involved. So far organisations who have confirmed their attendance include the army cadets, scouts, CFS, library, dance schools, and smaller sporting clubs that you might not know operate in the region.

Services like Headspace, Skylight, Mission Australia and SAPOL will also be at the event to connect with.

For further information please contact or call 8551 0586

The initiative was made possible through funding secured through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s ABC Heywire grants program.
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants is a national program that aims to help young people use their lived experiences to generate meaningful and impactful change in regional communities.

Step up Street Party Flyer