Carrathool Shire’s Youth Services caters for young people aged between 12 and 25.

Here you can find up-to-date information on services specifically for younger people including information on Youth Week, Grants, Recreation, Events, Competitions and other stuff that you might find interesting. If you have suggestions of how we can make this site better, please let us know.

Youth Services

Within Carrathool Shire there are various services made available for our youth:

  • Dedicated Youth Area at the WG Parker Memorial Library in Hillston
  • Neighbourhood Thoughts Online Consultation Group
  • NSW Youth Week
  • Outdoor Gyms located in Hillston and Goolgowi
  • Parks located across the shire
  • Skate Parks
  • Swimming Pools
  • Walking Trails

2023 Youth Mural Project

Join us from the 26 September 2023 to see our youth murals come to life. The final designs inspired by feedback from our design workshops will be provided to Council at the September meeting for approval.

Luke Vineburg an artist from Wagga Wagga has been engaged to complete the project.

Starting in Rankins Springs the murals will be painted over the course of 3 days, you are welcome to come down and see the painting of the murals and enjoy a free BBQ lunch.

This project is funded by the NSW Government’s Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative.

Rankins Springs 26 September, 12pm  |  Goolgowi 27 September 12pm,  |  Hillston 28 September 12pm

Youth Community Groups and Clubs

Like many regional areas, our towns thrive with community and sporting groups which are an awesome opportunity for our young people to come and work together for the good of the community.

  • Carrathool: Sport Club
  • Goolgowi: Golf Club, Rugby League, Touch Football, SES (16+), Swimming Club.
  • Hillston: Basketball Association, Creative Arts Council, Golf Club, Hook Line and Fishing Festival, Junior Cricket Association, Junior Rugby League, Lions Club, Outback Triatlon, SES (16+), Show Society, Swans Football and Netball, Swimming Club, Tennis Club and Volleyball Association.
  • Merriwagga: Golf and Tennis Club.
  • Rankins Springs: Fishing Club, Dance Club, Tennis Club, Golf Club, Pony Club and Rugby League.

NSW Youth Week

NSW Youth Week (NYW) is an annual event and is the largest celebration of young people aged 12-25 in Australia. Thousands of people get involved in NYW every year and we love celebrating with the young people in our shire.

Previous Council Youth Week events include: Selfie Photo Competition, Photography Workshop, Trivia and Pizza Afternoon, Cinema and Bowling Trip, Colour Run and more.

Shire youth are welcome to make suggestions or help plan Council’s Youth Week activities, contact the Economic Development Department for more information.