Temora Youth Teams

The Temora Youth Teams provide opportunities for the young people of Temora Shire to develop and practice skills in a range of areas that will equip them with life skills and confidence for their futures.

Hospitality Team: meets weekly to create nutritious meals with fresh ingredients from scratch. The young people also learn the financial literacy involved in food preparation.

Cultural & Performing Arts: meets weekly to provide a safe space where young people can collaborate and devise theatrical, creative, musical or artistic performances and projects.

Gaming: meets weekly to provide an inclusive and safe environment for young people to socialise with other like-minded people over board games and video games.

Leadership: meets fortnightly and is made up of selected members from each of the other teams to act as leaders and spokespersons for their team. The Leadership Team work together to strategise and collaborate to establish the roles and responsibilities of the teams and their work in the local community.

Become a Member

A Youth Team membership opens doors for you for FREE. By becoming a member you will get FREE/DISCOUNTED access to many youth events including after school activities, movie nights, and more.

By becoming a member you promise to uphold the Youth Code:

1. Come with a positive attitude

2. Be respectful – in your language, gestures and behaviour

3. Refrain from inappropriate rough-housing

4. Use equipment safely and responsibly

5. Keep area tidy

6. Accept the directions of supervisors

7. This area is a - drug and alcohol free zone

- judgement free zone

Youth Team Motto

“The Temora Youth Team are a bunch of crazy cool kids. Everyone is welcome regardless of race, age, gender, sexuality or ability. It is a safe place where you can develop a sense of identity, self-worth, confidence, belonging, and achievement. We are one big family”.

Temora Youth Leadership Team 2017

Download the Youth Team Application Form

Meet the Team

The Temora Shire Youth Program is overseen by a Youth Officer and the practical activities by a Youth Worker. Each of the teams are also supported by volunteers from the community as mentors.

Youth Development Officer:

Youth Program Coordinator: Melissa Carter comes from an extensive background in the hospitality industry, having owned and operated the bistro at the Katherine Hill Bay Bowling Club prior to moving to Temora. Melissa embarked on a complete change of career and completed her Diploma of Youth Work in 2019. Melissa also holds certificates in Mental Health First Aid, Food Safety Supervision, Food Safety and Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination.

Melissa is passionate about enabling young people to develop skills and confidence that will stay with them as they grow. Goal-orientated and positive, Melissa empowers the young people through practical application, volunteering opportunities and community involvement to develop a sense of community and belonging.


phone: 0418 357 230


Youth Administration Assistant: Kassi Owen grew up in Gundagai and moved to Cootamundra at the end of 2019. Kassi graduated from high school in 2017 and had a gap year before embarking on her Certificate IV in Youth Work which she completed in July 2020. Kassi is now studying for her Diploma in Youth Work.

With seven year's experience in the hospitality industry, Kassi also hold a First Aid Certificate, Food Safety Certificate and has completed the Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program.


Each of the weekly teams also has a volunteer mentor from the community. Each mentor holds a current Working With Children Check:

Hospitality: Melissa Carter, the Youth Worker, also acts as the mentor for the Hospitality Team. Each week the young people create delicious and nutritious recipes with fresh ingredients from scratch. The young people learn valuable life skills including financial literacy, safe food preparation, hospitality service and safe kitchen behaviours. The young people are given many opportunities throughout the year to demonstrate their learned hospitality skills for public events through catering and service.

Cultural & Performing Arts: Kate Slapp is a qualified drama teacher and communications specialist with a passion for theatre, film and music. Kate helps the young people in the CAPA Team to collaborate, create and devise projects that build confidence, communication skills, social interaction and improvisation skills. The young people are given many opportunities to perform for the public throughout the year.

Gaming: Mathew Walker is the IT Officer at Temora Shire Council and enjoys gaming in his spare time. The young people in the Gaming Team enjoy an inclusive environment where they can socially interact with like-minded people over board games and video games.

Partner With Us

The vision of the Temora Youth Team is to create partnerships with the community that add value both to the young people of our shire, and also the community at large.

We are building multiple teams of young people who share a common interest and empowering them to build good will with individuals/organisations/businesses that may be able to sponsor, share skills, wisdom, knowledge, or resources that support their endeavours.

If you have an event or opportunity you would like to share with the Youth Team we encourage you to fill out an application form which outlines what you need, and also what wisdom/skills/rewards you can offer the Youth Teams who support you.

Download the Youth Team Strategic Partnership Form

Depending on the nature of the request, a Working with Children Check may need to be completed.

Helpful Links

Links to youth related websites -

  • Beyond Blue - Talk it through with us, we'll point you in the right direction
  • Take Charge - Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils' (REROC) Facebook page, keeping you informed with all things Riverina youth
  • National Youth Week - Keep up to date with what's happening during Youth Week.
  • Advocate for Children & Young People - Advocate for Children and Young People is an organisation working to make young people's lives in NSW better.
  • Kids Help Line - A free confidential counselling service you can use to talk about anything that's worrying you.
  • Reach Out - There is heaps of info about difference issues like depression, family stuff, eating disorders, leaving home, getting through exams and lots more.
  • Law Stuff - Find out what your legal rights are, or ask a specific question through Lawmail.  
  • Riverina Headspace - Visiting Psychologist to Temora one day/week. Service for 12-25 year olds.