Youth Services

Youth Services provides information, programs, events and assistance for young people aged 12 to 24 years of age. Kempsey Shire Council's involvement includes:

Youth Week 2010
  • Networking and liaising with youth and youth service providers,
  • Implementation of the Youth section of Council's Social Plan, and
  • Organising and participating in youth based festivals and programs.

Kempsey Shire Council wants to discuss opportunities, share ideas, and talk about issues effecting young people. This is an opportunity for young people, local businesses and organisations to make a positive difference in their community, and engage in constructive planning and collaboration. This includes discussion on future events, things to do, creative public spaces, policy, safety and wellbeing.


RRISK (Reduce Risk, Increase Student Knowledge) is a health promotion program that addresses risk-taking behaviour amongst year 11 students across the Mid-North Coast of NSW. First developed in 1999,  RRISK has grown rapidly in response to demand and now attracts over 5,000 students from 58 schools across the area.

The RRISK program extends the secondary drug education and road safety curriculum by providing opportunities for senior high school students to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills to reduce risk taking and develop safer celebrating strategies. This year the seminars were held in Kempsey on 19 November at  Melville High School Community Hall.

RRISK logo

The key messages are:

  • Plan ahead
  • Know the facts
  • Make informed decisions
  • Reduce risks
  • Look after your friends.

For more information visit 

RRISK is supported and made possible by Southern Cross University, Mid North Coast Local Health District, Catholic Schools Office, NSW Roads and Maritime Services (formerly RTA), NRMA Motoring and Services, Clubs NSW,  NSW Police, Ambulance, SES and Kempsey Shire Council.

Youth Matters

Macleay Youth Matters contains information on youth news, events and grants of benefit to young people, youth workers and service organisations each month.