Wimmera youths hone their multimedia skills

MULTIMEDIA initiatives are gaining momentum at Nexus Youth Centre in Horsham.

Wimmera youths have developed their filming skills by attending a series of free videography workshops.

The sessions have also covered editing and mastering.

Horsham Nexus co-ordinator Alois Kniebeiss said about 15 people were taking part in the initiative.

"They are composing several short films about youth and life in the Wimmera," he said.

Young people can attend the final session today.

The filming sessions are part of Nexus summer school holiday program and are run in partnership with Wimmera HUB.

Mr Kniebeiss said opportunities for the region's youth to develop their multimedia skills would be plentiful this year.

"It will be part of one of our programs, called Nexus News," he said.

Participants will have access to new equipment and the Nexus video-editing suite as part of the program, to run fortnightly from 4pm until 6pm on Wednesdays during the school year.

"They'll be working on documentaries, short films and music videos, giving young people a voice and an opportunity to provide their perspective on life in the Wimmera," Mr Kniebeiss

said. "Incidentally, we are also in partnership with Horsham Rural City Council and their program called Youth Matters.

"Nexus News has been involved in a video, which will ask young people about youth issues and their experiences in the Wimmera, which will feed back into council and the wider community."

The Youth Matters project is due to wind up in June.

Council community development manager Melissa Morris said a focus of Youth Matters was to improve the way council engaged with young people.

A group of Horsham College and St Brigid's College students have been meeting with council since the project began in June last year.

"The video is also a way of getting input from young people," Ms Morris said.

Council is also analysing the results of a youth survey on-line, in schools and at the city's show last year.

Results will be made public later in the year.

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