On Friday 7th April, kids came from across the Shire took part in National Youth Week celebrations which took place at the Old Gnowangerup Agricultural School. 40 young people aged between 8 and 18 took part in a 2-hour Laser Tag battle facilitated by Laserscape an Albany based mobile Laser tag company.

Participants had lots of fun playing different games including protect the flag and urban warfare simulations. Even parents wanted to have a go and join in the fun.

Despite an extremely small budget and minimal volunteer support, the Shire in partnership with the newly established Gnowangerup Men’s Shed were able to work together to get this event off the ground. The Gnowangerup Senior High School donated the venue and Cassy and her volunteers provided food and drinks for the troops.

National Youth Week celebrates the contributions that young people make to their communities. However, this event was also a great opportunity to promote the Act Belong Commit message. Participants were encouraged to learn how to stay mentally healthy by take part in community events that improve communication, connectedness, team work and understanding between young people. This event has showcased the importance of community partnerships to deliver community projects and was a great start to the school holidays.