THE Foundation for Young Australians and ABC’s Heywire have teamed up to bring Change It Up to Bendigo for the first time.
Change It Up is a “pop-up” event that gives young regional Australians the chance to be heard and funding to develop their ideas.
Fifteen young people from Bendigo took part in the three-day event, which began on Saturday.
ABC’s Dan Hirst said the aim of Change It Up was to get young leaders together to brainstorm ideas on how to make their communities better.
He said it was about recognising young people’s contribution to the social wellbeing of regional and rural communities.
Mr Hirst said it was the third time the event has been held and Bendigo was chosen to host this time because of its reputation.
“First of all there were a lot of Bendigo businesses and community leaders that wanted to have it here,” he said.
“Also Bendigo has a great reputation of young people doing things for their community and coming up with ideas to make a positive change.”
Mr Hirst said Bendigo personalities had spoken to the young participants including City of Greater Bendigo councillor James Reade.
He said participants shared stories of how living in a regional city helped young people form ideas.
All the events from the weekend would culminate in a “pitch up” session today when participants could pitch their ideas.
“Winners will actually get $1000 to kick-start their idea,” he said.