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Celebrating being young at Bellambi

YOUTH Week is underway and to celebrate the Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre will present ‘Mix it Up’ this Saturday.

The event, from midday to 4pm, will feature laser skirmish, Circus Monoxide, Rangers on the Run, Navy, Army, Air Force, Scouts, craft workshops and live entertainment.

The Youth Week runs from April 5 to 14 and Wollongong City Council has organised several events to mark the annual celebration of young people.

This year the youth week theme is ‘Be Active, Be Happy, Be You’.

Wollongong City Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor John Dorahy said young people are faced with a lot of challenges, especially in the Illawarra where youth unemployment is high.

“This week is about encouraging young people to get out, make connections and engage with their community and their local environment,” Cr Dorahy said.

“I’d encourage everyone to have a look at the events and activities Council is putting on, and see if there’s something that interests them.”

On Thursday the Pick Up Ball will be held at Wollongong Youth Centre, from 4 to 7.30pm, as well as a 3×3 basketball competition, with barbecue. Also, Wollongong’s Young Adult Book Club will present the 2012 movie The Amazing Spiderman from 8 to 5.30pm on Thursday, with sushi, sandwiches and drinks at Wollongong City Library.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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