October 30, 2015


Young people in Ballarat will lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events thanks to $73,500 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government to support ‘Sonika’ Ballarat’s FReeZA committee.

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard said the FReeZA program provides positive youth development opportunities through planning and running youth events in the community.

“By delivering youth led, all-ages, drug, smoke and, alcohol free events – young people learn about leadership and decision making, while gaining valuable skills and experience,” Mr Howard said.

“The Sonika team organise a series of important youth programs and events, including music workshops, gigs, the NXUS hip-hop collective, and ‘Sonic Air’ which engages young people in training for live-to-air radio with SYN FM and Voice FM.”

Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight said that the Andrews Government’s support of FReeZA helped to create job opportunities for young people.

“The Andrews Labor Government is helping to create a pathway to a successful career for young people in Ballarat’s vibrant local music scene,” Ms Knight said.

“Young people who organise FReeZA events get to follow their passions and make local industry connections that can lead to a dream job.”

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $7.2 million over three years for the FReeZA program, including $5.4 million in grants.

FReeZA provides funding to local government and community organisations to support young people to run fully supervised drug, alcohol and smoke-free events in their local area.