Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge

Minister’s Statement

Ms MIKAKOS (Minister for Youth Affairs) (12:47:07) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s continued commitment to our young people, and particularly for the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge. Our government is a proud supporter of the challenge, which has engaged more than 4564 students during our term of government. I was pleased that the Minister for Education, James Merlino, was able to attend the state finals on my behalf to announce a further $600 000 over three years at the awards ceremony recently held at the Palais Theatre. We are continuing to keep this exciting and unique program running, providing more opportunities for young Victorians to gain skills in performing and creative arts, design and events management.

Each year students participating in the challenge put in hours of hard work and dedication to develop a short performance to tell a story, with a focus on developing career pathways for those interested in performing, creative arts and management. Each school has the chance to take home a number of performance awards and be filmed for Wakakirri TV as part of the search for the story of the year.

I take this opportunity to congratulate every young person who got involved in their school’s performance, particularly those from Bendigo South East College, Braybrook College, Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, Traralgon College, Belmont High School, Dromana College, Holy Trinity Lutheran College, Coburg High School and Mount Erin College. I wish the best of luck to Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, Dromana College and Mount Erin College, which are our Victorian finalists and will go on to compete for the national story of the year in October.

Each and every young person should have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential. Wakakirri is just one of the ways of helping them to reach for the stars. Through our Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria and the delivery of both core and new programs, investment in youth affairs has almost doubled since we were elected in late 2014. The Andrews Labor government remains committed to continuing our support for young people and youth agencies across Victoria, recognising that young people are the future of our state.