Murgon-Cherbourg Youth Hub manager Gaye O’Sullivan with the runner-up painting, left, in the 15-18 years category, by Marindi O’Chin, and the winning painting by Kyle Petty

May 30, 2022

The winners of the recent Youth Hub art competition were announced during the Services Expo in Murgon on Friday afternoon.

The competition, which had cash prizes sponsored by the South Burnett Regional Council, was open to youth from across the South Burnett.

There were two categories: 10-14 years and 15-18 years.

All the winners came from Murgon State High School:

Category 10-14 years

  • $100 winner – Alkyra Murray
  • $50 Highly Commended – Antonia Weazel

Category 15-18 years

  • $100 winner – Kyle Petty
  • $50 Highly Commended – Marindi O’Chin

Murgon-Cherbourg Youth Hub manager Gaye O’Sullivan announced the winners on Cherbourg Radio during an outside broadcast from the Services Hub.

She said the artworks would be displayed on the walls inside the new Youth Hub building.

The competition was judged by artists from The Ration Shed in Cherbourg and representatives from the Wondai Art Gallery.

The Expo, the first major event held at the Youth Hub, featured displays from local health and welfare services, including Lives Lived Well, CRAICCHS and South Burnett CTC.

All Murgon State High School students visited the Hub at some stage during Friday.

Ms O’Sullivan said the Youth Hub had been supported by the Department of Education, but was open to all young people aged from 10-24, whether they attended Murgon SHS or not.

The Youth Hub, which opened last October, offers a range of services which aim to support the well-being of young people, including both their physical and mental health.

Ms O’Sullivan said there were already an “amazing group” of service providers linked to the Youth Hub, including psychological and drug and alcohol counselling.

There was also a medical room where the “GP In Schools” service for secondary students was available one day a week.

She said a mental health “first aid” program would kick off in July.

Marindi O’Chin, Antonia Weazel and Kyle Petty with their winning artworks (Photo: Youth Hub)
Margie Hams, from South Burnett Regional Council, with the winning painting, left, in the 10-14 years category, by Alkyra Murray, and the runner-up painting by Antonia Weazel
Matthew Malone, from the Youth Hub, looks over some of the many entries in the art competition
Murgon-Cherbourg Youth Hub manager Gaye O’Sullivan with Michael Monk from Cherbourg Radio … Gaye announced the art competition winners on air
Clinton Missi, from South Burnett CTC, was helping some of the Expo attendees paint boomerangs
Matthew Vels, from Your Town, with Andrew Saal, from Lives Lived Well … two of the stalls at the Services Expo
Mark Thomas, from Drug ARM, with Adam Dunn and Ayden Riethmuller, from Healthwise

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