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Hills youth grant
Marloo Youth Theatre’s sound designer and operator Jonathan Bigelow was one of 25 young people to benefit from the Youth Engagement Partnership Fund grant.

Call to engage Hills youth

A FUND to engage young people in the Hills is now open to community groups with an initiative to provide enriching activities for local youth.

The Shire of Mundaring’s Youth Engagement Partnership Fund allows community groups to apply for up to $25,000 to deliver programs suitable for young people aged 12 to 18.

“Some ideas community groups may consider include movie nights, summer water activity days, a barbeque at one of our pools, discos, art or music sessions or hang out afternoons,” Shire president James Martin said.

One of the recipients, Marloo Youth Theatre in Greenmount, received $9552 through the fund in 2018.

It enabled 25 students to undertake training in fantasy theatrical makeup, stage combat techniques and allowed for upgrades and training in sound and lighting infrastructure.

Theatre sound designer and operator, 14-year-old Jonathan Bigelow, received training in the use of the digital sound desk also purchased through the fund.

“I have enjoyed learning how to use this up-to-date digital equipment,” he said.

“I now feel confident to operate and design sound for more plays at Marloo Theatre.”

Jonathan’s first sound design was for their youth production Heroes, where he designed all the sound effects and music for the show, operating for all 10 shows.

Other recipients in recent years have included Swan View Football Club, Eastgate Church and Mundaring Chamber of Commerce.

Submissions for the Youth Engagement Partnership Fund close Saturday, April 30.

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