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Newcastle News Aug-Sept 2015

Youth Week In Newcastle Australia

National Youth Week, 10-19 April, is the largest celebration of young people in Australia aged 12-25 and this year young people of Newcastle and the Hunter can participate in a range of special events from a pop-up outdoor cinema at Civic Park to an interactive scavenger hunt exploring the City and its history.







Lord Mayor Cr Nuatali Nelmes says Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views and act on issues that affect their lives.

“Youth Week is created by young people, for young people, and each year all over Australia events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people to our society.”

“Council is committed to ensuring the well being and diverse needs of young people are incorporated into all Youth Week activities. For the past two years we have been working with the Newcastle Youth Council to develop a small grants program to deliver to local youth groups; $3,000 is funded by Council and this amount is matched by the State Government.”

It starts with us is this year’s theme and Newcastle Youth Council has partnered with a variety of local agencies to deliver nine Youth Week 2015 events in Newcastle. Some events are invitation only as they are intended to provide a safe environment for young people to collaborate with youth workers on the challenges and experiences they face.

Some of the open events include:

The Hunter Region Working Women’s Group is hosting What’s On Your Mind?, a free one day forum for young women to explore issues they face in our community.

Headspace Newcastle is hosting Hunter Seekers, an interactive scavenger hunt exploring Newcastle city and its history at Newcastle Museum.

Party in the Park offers a range of events at Broadmeadow PCYC, which coincides with Youth Homelessness Matters Day. Hosted by Samaritans Foundation SHS Program the party is open to all young people, in particular young people facing homelessness.

Enjoying My Life, Let’s Go! is a day of fun in the community for all, in particular young people with disabilities. Activities will include pizza making, didgeridoo, mask decorating, karaoke disco and a BBQ, this event is hosted by House with No Steps.
A pop-up film night is planned for Civic Park on Saturday 18 April and will showcase films made by young people for young people; this event is hosted by Newcastle Community & Youth Development Project and is open to everyone. Participants are encouraged to bring along a picnic blanket.

A complete list of events can be found on Council’s website, Click on Youth Week 2015 in the photo carousel at the top of the page.

Newcastle Youth Council has eight active members who meet six times per year to provide strategic advice to Council and develop leadership skills through youth initiatives and Youth Week events each year.
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Can you sponsor a student in our Newcastle in South Africa?

There are many worthy young students in Newcastle, South Africa who have the potential to develop and improve themselves by further study for vocational and other qualifications but who lack the funding from their families to support their studies.

In a number of cases the previously disadvantaged students qualify for bursaries from other institutions that cover their studies. These bursaries however only become effective when the student has registered. These disadvantaged students do not have the money to pay the registration fee and a number of students with very good potential are deprived of the opportunity to further their studies with a formal bursary because they could not afford to pay the registration fee.

The Newcastle Municipality has therefore implemented a scheme where they assist these students to pay for their registration fee. The Municipality however only has a limited budget for this and there are many more students than the funds available.

The Mayor has championed an appeal to companies and individuals to act as sponsors by paying the registration fee. The amount per student is 3000 rand (this is approximately 225 Euros, 260 US dollars or 170 UK pounds but should be sent as rands).

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Last year, individuals in Newcastle upon Tyne supported five students in this way. It would be wonderful if other people or groups in other Newcastles might be able to sponsor one or more students in our sister Newcastle in this way.

The contact for more information or procedural questions is Sphiwe Mazibuko in the Bursaries Office at Newcastle Municipality, email, tel + 27 (0) 343127777 or cellphone + 27 (0) 818144108

You would need to make an international bank transfer from your account to UNISA (the University of South Africa). The contact there is Elna Schwartz in the UNISA Department of Finance – Your covering note should say “Study Fees – Newcastle, KZN”. The sponsor should send an email to Elna with the proof of the payment.

You will be given the name(s) of the student(s) that you sponsor. Do help if you can !

Newcastle NSW hosts Asian Cup

Newcastle, New South Wales is hosting four matches in the Asian Cup football tournament.






The tournament started on 9 January, with a great win for the host nation, 4-1 over Kuwait. The first match for Newcastle’s 33,000 capacity Hunter stadium is 15 January, Oman v Kuwait, followed by Japan (one of the top-ranked teams) v Palestine on 22 January. Next is a prestigious semi-final on 27 January and the third place play-off on 30 January. The 2015 AFC Asian Cup is be the 16th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, an international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). For the first time in its history, the tournament is hosted outside the continent of Asia, with Australia being an AFC member. The winner of the tournament will earn the right to compete for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which is to be hosted by Russia.