Ethan Wilson is leading a small group of young people who want to challenge the long-held view that there’s nothing for teens to do in Orange.
The Youth Action Council (YAC) was founded by Ethan and five other members with the help of Orange City Council’s Youth Development Officer Katrina Hausia.
YAC is organising a drug and alcohol free, band night at the Country Women’s Association (CWA) hall in Robertson Park, August 19.
Similar events have been run in the past with varying degrees of success and with this in mind Ethan believes he has a winning formula to draw crowds and ensure a good night is had by all.
“It will be an uphill battle that we’re prepared for,” Ethan said.
“Before I joined the Youth Council, I put on youth concerts all by ourselves, with own money and one night we had about 100 people.
“We’ve sourced the best bands in the area and we think it’s going to be a good, safe night out.”
There are a few other motives behind the implementation of the upcoming band night, Ethan said he wanted to promote the (YAC) and encourage people to join, but he also wanted to show young musicians in the region, there were gigs around and opportunities to hone their skills.
“The gigs are a great opportunity to get contacts and get to know other musicians in the area,” he said.
The YAC meets once or twice a month on a Wednesday evening.
The YAC band night starts at 6pm and is for people aged between 15 and 25 years.
It will feature local bands G.T.O., Violet Skies, Tempermore and The Spooks.