Media Release by The Hon Sussan Ley MP

High point of Australia to launch high point of youth calendar – National Youth Week 2005

Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, 2229 metres above sea level, is the scene today for an event encouraging all Australians to celebrate the important contribution of young people.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Children and Youth Affairs, Sussan Ley, and Young Australian of the Year, Khoa Do, will today climb Mount Kosciuszko to kick off Australia’s largest annual celebration of young people, National Youth Week.

“National Youth Week is Australia’s largest youth celebration, with events for young people happening all over the country in rural, regional and metropolitan areas,” Mrs Ley said.

Young people across Australia have the chance to get involved in a wide range of activities including exhibitions, conferences, dance parties, sporting events and more.

“Today’s event is just one of hundreds around Australia celebrating National Youth Week, which continues recognise the contribution young people make to the community.

“National Youth Week is an opportunity for young people across Australia to participate in activities where they can meet new people and learn new skills,” Mrs Ley said.

In addition to Khoa Do, some other young Australian achievers have also shown their support for National Youth Week, including:

  • Lauren Jackson (Basketballer)
  • Hugh Evans (Young Australian of the Year 2004)
  • Fern Levack (Fashion Designer)
  • Bo De La Cruz (Touch Footballer)
  • Jodie Henry (Olympian)
  • Jason Smith (Actor)
  • Sunk Loto (Musicians)
  • Axle Whitehead (TV Hits)

Young people across the country have the chance to chat with celebrities online throughout the week. Touch Footballer, Bo de la Cruz, will host the first online celebrity chat, taking place on Saturday 9 April.

National Youth Week 2005 runs from 9 – 17 April and is a joint Australian, State, Territory and Local Government initiative.

Go to www.youthweek.com to find about National Youth Week events in your area, chat to one of the celebrity supporters online or vote for your favourite National Talent Competition finalist through View and Vote.

For more information go to youthweek website (www.youthweek.com), email Youth Week or call 1300 663 500.

Images from the Australian Government’s launch of National Youth Week

All photos taken by Sam Ruttyn

Silhouette of launch participants at Mount Kosciuszko

Young Australian of the Year, Khoa Do with the Parliamentary Secretary for Children and Youth Affairs, The Hon. Sussan Ley, MP

Young Australian of the Year, Khoa Do with the Parliamentary Secretary for Children and Youth Affairs, The Hon. Sussan Ley, MP and launch participants

Khoa Do with launch participants

Silhouette of launch participants at Mount Kosciuszko