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 Winter 2017 School Holiday Program will be available in June.



Youth Council

2017 Youth Council

Our Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council (HSYC) is made up of 13 young people aged between 12 and 18 who have a passion for our community and youth related issues.

Our Youth Council is currently funded through the State Government’s Youth Inclusion Funding which 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

Want to become a Hindmarsh Shire Youth Councillor? Recruitment begins in November of each year. Applicants are asked to complete the expression of interest form. The applicants are then interviewed and the successful applicants are notified in late February/early March of each year.

For more information on the Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council, please contact our Youth and Early Years Officer on 5391 4444 or email



Youth Consent Form (General)

Youth C41 Consent Form

Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council Information Brochure

Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council Consent Form

2016 Youth Strategy

FReeZA information



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
9 Clarence Street
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

Wimmera Uniting Care 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.


Supported Playgroup:
Nhill Childcare Centre
Mondays 9am-12pm

Community Playgroup:
Nhill Kindergarten
Friday 9am-12pm

Get Em Going:
Nhill Lutheran School
Tuesday 9.30am-11am
(Finalist 2015 Playgroup Vic Awards)


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