Cobram Youth Group has sponsored the visit of Hollywood actor Spencer Wilding to the town next week.
Cobram Youth Group mentor Rob Morey said the group was established in 2009 and since then has played a key role in the local youth scene.
‘‘The group came about through Cobram Community Enterprise,’’ Mr Morey said.
‘‘The Cobram Youth Group was formed when an opportunity came up to get some funds.
‘‘That was deliberately set aside for Cobram only through a Victorian Government-Bendigo Bank initiative and that funding allowed us to employ a youth facilitator for the past four years.
‘‘The youth facilitator is entrusted with approaching the youth, pushing the youth forward for any opportunities that may exist.
‘‘Aaron Kelly has just started this year in that role and we have an office situated at the Community House and Aaron is employed 16 hours a week.’’
Mr Morey said the youth group provided education courses through Cobram Community House when it first started.
‘‘We’ve been involved with Rumble in the Gums as a joint venture with Moira Shire since its inception. That’s a youth event and it’s now part of Youth Week,’’ he said. ‘‘We apply for grants when we’re approached by the youth of Cobram to do things,
‘‘It’s for youth, by youth. They come up with the ideas, they put the presentation forward, it goes through the youth facilitator and we put in the application for a grant and the payment’s approved.
‘‘We’ve conducted two youth forums and there’s been many other grants that have been allocated and done.’’
Cobram Youth Group offers a school-based grants program for Cobram Secondary College and the special school and covers all of the 3644 postcode.
Mr Morey said the really big ticket item that had come out of the Cobram Youth Group was the Cobram cinema drive.
‘‘That came from a youth forum in 2012. The youth of Cobram insisted they wanted something for entertainment and they’ve gone for that,’’ he said.
The Spencer Wilding visit came from a grant application by Cobram Secondary College students.
‘‘They thought this is going to be a great idea, so they put in the grant application,’’ Mr Morey said.
‘‘It’s certainly unique for a small country town and we embraced the idea.
‘‘It’s what the young people want and we go with it.’’