Friendships forged in Willoughby youth exchange program

July 14, 2016

On Thursday 30th of June 2016, five young people from Gwydir Shire and five young people from Willoughby met at the Living Classroom in Bingara as part of the annual youth exchange program. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the program.

Throughout the weekend the Willoughby participants were given the opportunity to experience what Gwydir Shire has to offer and what it is like to live in a rural area and compare the difference to city life.

Willoughby exchange students 2016

Participants in the Gwydir/Willoughby youth exchange program received certificates to acknowledge their role in the program.

It was a very full program this year with trips to Myall Creek, Croppa Creek, and Upper Horton giving the group an understanding of the vastness of our shire.

Activities for the weekend included lawn bowls, trail riding along the Gwydir River, farm activities at a local property and the local fun run in which Brock Mullard (a Gwydir participant) placed first in the 2km section.

The group visited the annual Upper Horton Campdraft on the Sunday where they got to see an equestrian sport they probably wouldn’t get the chance to see in Sydney. The exchange concluded with the annual bonfire at Cr. Pankhurst’s property on Sunday night.

Gwydir participants enjoyed learning about the lives of the students from Willoughby and built some strong friendships over the weekend. They are counting down the days until they head down to Sydney for the Willoughby Spring Fair in September.