Youth and Early Years Program

Council provides a diverse range of programs and events for young people of different ages and backgrounds. Events and activities are also organised during school holiday periods.





State Government FreeZa funding is an initiative that supports the social, civic and economic participation of young people which has a positive and long lasting effect on our society.

Funding through the State Government’s FreeZa program allows us to provide opportunities for young people to express, socialise and have fun in a safe environment, while gaining valuable life experiences and skills. Our young Hindmarsh community members can express their creativity through many different ways including live music, festivals, art exhibitions, dance, hip hop, Skate and BMX recreational events, competitions and youth leadership and development opportunities.





School Holiday Program

Council's School Holiday Program provides a wide range of activities across the shire for school aged youth during the Autumn, Winter and Spring school holidays.

Information for the next School Holiday Program will be available soon! Please note Hindmarsh Shire Council does not plan a school holiday program over the summer school holidays however, there is still plenty to do! Please see the Hindmarsh Shire Council website or Facebook page or the Visit Hindmarsh website  or Facebook page for further event details. Information about all programs and events run by the Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council can be found on their Facebook page.




Youth Council

2017 Youth Council

Our Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council (HSYC) is made up of 12 young people aged between 12 and 25 who have a passion for our community and youth related issues. The Youth of the Year recipient is given the opportunity to join if they wish. 

Our Youth Council is currently funded through funding allocated by Council. Funding used for Youth Council projects aims to help improve young peoples’ community connections and encourages youth to contribute to their communities in a Local Government context.

As part of the program, HSYC organise various community projects and events. The group also provides opportunities for youth to participate in mentoring and volunteering roles and to develop education and employment pathways.

The HSYC updated the Hindmarsh Shire Youth Strategy in 2016, which has revealed four key priority areas:

  • recreation and events;
  • education and employment;
  • health and wellbeing; and
  • leadership and community connections

Do you want to become a Hindmarsh Shire Youth Councillor? Recruitment begins in October of each year. Applicants are asked to complete a simple 5 step process to nominate yourself for a position!

1- Complete and submit an Expression of interest form

2-Complete a Hindmarsh Shire Council Volunteer Registration Form

3- Submit a one page letter explaining your interests, personal qualities and how you intend on engaging with other young people.

4- Provide details of 2 referees

5- Provide a signed consent form from a parent or guardian (if aged under 18 years)


The applicants are then interviewed and the successful applicants are notified late December/early January of each year. An official launch takes place shortly there after.

For more information on the Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council, please contact our Youth and Early Years Officer on 5391 4444, text queries to 0418 121 187 or email Dont forget to follow us on Facebook!



Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council Information Brochure


To nominate yourself for Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council 2018 you will need the following three (3) links!

EOI Form- Including one page letter questions and referee details

Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council Nomination Parent Consent Form

Volunteer Registration Form 




Youth Event Consent Form (General)

2016 Youth Strategy





Hindmarsh Shire Council and Wimmera Uniting Care work in partnership to provide three year old and four year old educational Kindergarten programs for children prior to school entry.

Kindergarten programs are designed to improve your child's development in the following key areas:

  • Social skills, including how to play with other children in a calm, sharing and rewarding way;
  • Emotional skills;
  • Language, literacy and numeracy skills;
  • A joy for learning and group activities;
  • Ability to make new friends; and
  • Exposure to new ideas and concepts.

Kindergarten also provides families with access to support and assistance for children with special needs, as well as resources and links to community services.

Kindergarten locations and contacts:

Dimboola Early Learning Centre
Childcare and Kindergarten
27 Hindmarsh Street
Dimboola 3414
Phone: 03 5389 1130
Jeparit Kindergarten
9-11 Hindmarsh Street
Jeparit 3423
Phone: 03 5397 2139
Nhill Kindergarten
2/20 Whitehead Avenue
Nhill 3418
Phone: 03 5391 1504
Rainbow Kindergarten
47 Taverner Street
Rainbow 3424
Phone: 03 5395 1172

For more information please contact your local Kindergarten or our Youth and Early Years Officer on 5391 4444 or email



Hindmarsh Shire Council Municipal Early Years Plan

Uniting Website





Playgroup caters for children from birth to school age, creating a space where parents and children can come together every week to encourage a positive environment to learn, explore, grow and nurture children’s talents.

Hindmarsh Shire Council is proud to provide access to community playgroups in each of our four major towns.

Everyone is welcome to attend any of the playgroup sessions.


Butterfly Playgroup:
Nhill Early Years Centre
Fridays 10am-12pm

Community Playgroup:
Nhill Early Years Centre
Friday 9am-12pm



Get Em Going:
Nhill Lutheran School

Tuesday 9.30am-11am
(Finalist 2015 Playgroup Vic Awards)

Reading Counts

St Patricks School

Mondays 9am-10am


Ready, Set, Read

Nhill College

Fridays 9am- 10am



Jeparit Kindergarten
Every second Wednesday during school terms


Rainbow Kindergarten
Friday 10am-12pm


Dimboola Maternal Child Health Centre
Thursday 10am-12pm
(Finalist 2015 Playgroup Vic Awards)

For more information please contact your local Maternal Child Health Nurse or our Youth and Early Years Officer on 5391 4444 or email


Hindmarsh Shire Council Municipal Early Years Plan

Playgroup Victoria Website




Maternal and Child Health

West Wimmera Health Service provides maternal child health services across the Shire.  This service provides a range of services from antenatal clinics to Key Ages and Stages consultations and immunisation sessions.

Two MCH nurses service the shire to provide a free, all-inclusive service to parents and children from 0-6 years of age. This service helps to monitor the progress and development of children and assists parents with their role as caregivers.

Both nurses also provide immunisation sessions across the shire.

MCH services are provided Monday to Friday with hours distributed across the four townships.

For more information or to book an appointment please contact your local Maternal Child Health Nurse.

For more information contact:
Mandy Stephan
Maternal & Child Health Nursing / Maternal & Child Health coordinator
Phone 03 5391 1287



Hindmarsh Shire Council Municipal Early Years Plan

West Wimmera Health Service Website