Six young people from Gwydir Shire experienced the big smoke earlier this month as part of the annual Willougby Exchange Program. Accompanied by Gwydir Shire Council Social Services Officer, Alyse Steiger the six Ambassodors travelled down to Sydney to meet up with students from Willoughby for a chance to experience the urban way of life.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the successful Youth Exchange Program.
“The trip was packed with fun and included a visit to China Town for some shopping and a walk around Darling Harbour,” said Alyse.
“Friday afternoon the students embarked on a three and a half hour Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and on Saturday morning the students participated in the Willoughby Spring Fair and Street Parade accompanied by Mayor Coulton and Mrs Coulton, Cr. Pankhurst and Mrs. Pankhurst.
“The students enjoyed socialising with other young people at the Youth Centre and while they participated in table tennis, swimming and cooking activities. The week was packed with tonnes of fun activities for all to enjoy.
“The Gwydir students all agreed it was a great trip and one they would never forget.
“Thank you to our ambassadors from Gwydir: Jacob Hodge, Mitchell Bell, Ben Johns, Bradley Weber, Tom Southwell and Lachlan Butler.”