Living in Alice

Youth Action Group

Alice Springs Town Coun­cil’s Youth Action Group (YAG) is a group for young indi­vid­u­als, meet­ing once a month (last Wednes­day of the month at 5.30pm) to dis­cuss youth issues in Alice Springs, and come up with ways to address those issues. The group organ­is­es a range of youth-focused events through­out the year.

YAG aims to empow­er young peo­ple by includ­ing them in Coun­cil deci­sion-mak­ing, help­ing them to devel­op new skills, and encour­age a pos­i­tive per­cep­tion of young peo­ple in Alice Springs.

Meet­ings are held month­ly. Young peo­ple under the age of 25 can get involved today by con­tact­ing the Youth Devel­op­ment Offi­cer on 8950 0500, or fol­low­ing the Youth Action Group on Face­book or Insta­gram.

Con­tact the Youth Devel­op­ment Offi­cer on 8950 0500 / email ydo@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au about YAG Mem­ber­ship, or a mem­ber­ship pre­sen­ta­tion for your school.

Skate Park Festival

Reg­is­tra­tions are now open for the 2020 Skate Park Festival!

Held 5 — 9 Octo­ber 2020.

Skate & BMX work­shops, skate art, com­pe­ti­tions and much more!

Please find below full pro­gram with ses­sion times listed. 

Reg­is­tra­tions are essen­tial and lim­it­ed spots available. 

Enter by con­tact­ing 8950 0500 or email astc@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au

Phoney Film Festival

Entries now closed! Films will be screened on 16 July 2020

YAG’s Phoney Film Fes­ti­val is a fes­ti­val of short films shot on smart­phones and tablets, by young peo­ple aged 12 to 25. Films must be less than five min­utes dura­tion, and can be across any cat­e­go­ry / genre includ­ing: action, dra­ma, hor­ror, com­e­dy, real life …get brainstorming!

$4500 of cash and prizes to be won.

ASTC will appoint a pan­el of judges who will select a win­ner. The fol­low­ing cri­te­ria will be con­sid­ered in judg­ing all entries:

  • Orig­i­nal­i­ty & coher­ence of sto­ry (20%)
  • Use of visu­al language/​cinematography sound design (20%)
  • Edit­ing (20%)
  • Sound design (20%)
  • x factor/​overall vibe (20%)

The judges’ deci­sion is final and no cor­re­spon­dence will be entered into. The People’s Choice’ win­ners will be select­ed based on the most num­ber of votes received. There will be only one win­ner for the Peo­ple’s Choice award.

To enter, check out the terms and con­di­tions below, and com­plete an entry form. 

Enter by con­tact­ing the Youth Devel­op­ment Offi­cer on 8950 0500 / email YDO@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au

Phoney Film Fes­ti­val 2020 Workshops

The Phoney Film Fes­ti­val work­shops for 2020 include both instruc­tion­al videos with handy tips on how to cre­ate your short film on your smart phone or tablet device!

Mon­day 25/5/2020

Sto­ry writ­ing and frame composition

Mon­day 1/6/2020

Cam­era angles and movement

Mon­day 8/6/2020

Light­ing and Storyboarding

Mon­day 15/6/2020

Stop-motion ani­ma­tion and Spe­cial Effects

Mon­day 22/6/2020

Edit­ing and Music

Mon­day 29/6/2020

Work­shop – stay tuned for details!

Thank you to Dog­milk Films, Viviana Pet­yarre and Josef Jaka­mar­ra Eggar for the handy tips. For more resources , check out the link below. 

Work­shop 1 — Look­ing Space!”

Sto­ry Writing


Work­shop 2 — Cam­era Angles and Movement!”

Cam­era Angles


Work­shop 3 — Light­ing and Storyboarding!”



Work­shop 4 — Stop-Motion Ani­ma­tion and Spe­cial Effects!”

Stop-Motion Ani­ma­tion

Spe­cial Effects

Work­shop 5 — Edit­ing and Music!”



Youth Recy­cled Art Prize

As part of NT Youth Week, the Youth Recy­cled Art Prize offers young peo­ple in Alice Springs the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op their cre­ative tal­ents, have their work exhib­it­ed, and win great prizes – all while learn­ing about recy­cling. All exhib­it­ed art­works are made from recy­cled / reused mate­ri­als. Prizes are award­ed for win­ning entries, includ­ing a People’s Choice Award.

Two Prize Cat­e­gories to be Entered!

  1. Cli­mate Change – How will our future look?”
  2. Open Prize Cat­e­go­ry – What­ev­er you like!

Entries have closed for 2020

Youth Arts & Music Fes­ti­val (YAM­fest!)

Coun­cil’s Youth Action Group brings you the tasti­est of fes­ti­vals – YAM Fest! – incor­po­rat­ing an excit­ing range of arts, music and relat­ed work­shops & activ­i­ties. YAM­fest is the high­light of the lat­ter half of the year, for young peo­ple in Alice Springs. Watch this space to find out more infor­ma­tion about YAM­fest 2020 or stay tuned to the YAG Face­book page.

Con­tact the Youth Ser­vices Offi­cer on 8950 0500 / email astc@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au about this annu­al event.