Kathy Andrew, Di Paddick, James Black and Naomi Irvin sort through the expressions of interest received for the 2011 SUNfest Youth Holiday Program.
Kathy Andrew, Di Paddick, James Black and Naomi Irvin sort through the expressions of interest received for the 2011 SUNfest Youth Holiday Program. Submitted

Countdown on for holiday action

A SCORCHER of a summer holidays is in store for local youth with SUNfest 2011 preparations heating up.

With the September school holidays now over, all eyes are already being drawn to what’s in store for the biggest school holiday period for the year, when schools shut their doors for six weeks over the coming summer.

But parents, don’t despair, a huge variety of artistic, social, sporting and cultural activities are being planned for the upcoming annual youth holiday program, which will take place from January 10 to 21 next year.

While the much-anticipated program is still several weeks from being released, event co-ordinator Kathy Andrew hinted that local artists Josh Cleary, Sheree Dearden, Rosemary Anderson and Jo Williams would be hosting events.

Ms Andrew said also back by popular demand would be SUNfest favourites FilmFest, clay target shooting, paintball and surfing at Agnes Water.

She said other proposed events would include kite surfing, pottery, body painting, croquet classes plus two AFL Queensland junior clinics.

“Bookings for SUNfest 2011 will commence on December 1,” Ms Andrew said.

“Brochures will be distributed the week before in The Observer and will also be available in all council offices, libraries and art galleries plus the Gladstone Festivals and Events office.”

Initiated in 1998 as result of the Gladstone City Council’s Youth Needs Study that recognised the lack of low-cost activities and opportunities for youth in the region, SUNfest has quickly become a popular event among local youth aged between 11 and 17 years.



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