The Shire of Dandaragan aims to support and develop youth by activities and services developed/supported by the Community Development team.

Youth Plan

The Shire of Dandaragan has been working with young people since late 2016 to develop the first Youth Plan for the Shire.

Over 2016-2017, we consulted with hundreds of young people around our four towns to determine how they would like the Shire to support and work with them.  This Youth Plan is the result of that consultation and was written after identifying the interests, issues and aspirations of young people around the Shire.

To view the Youth Plan, click here.

To view the  Youth Plan Appendix A (Action Plan), click here.

Youth Development

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Scholarship Now Open

The Shire of Dandaragan invites young people in the Shire to apply for the Shire of Dandaragan Leeuwin Scholarship.  The Shire of Dandaragan Leeuwin Scholarship assists with funding towards passage on a Leeuwin Ocean Adventure for one recipient. The Leeuwin operates under the principle of "challenge by choice” - the level of the challenge is up to each individual. 27 years of operation clearly demonstrates that the more each participant is willing to challenge themselves, the more they take away from the experience. There is a voyage to suit everyone, from Youth Explorer, Adult Adventure or Ultimate Challenge Voyages to Daylight and Twilight Sails and Corporate and Private Charters.

Our mission for this scholarship is to challenge and inspire young people to realise their personal potential and make a positive contribution to the wider community, through the unique medium of a tall sailing ship.

If you or your parents live within the Shire of Dandaragan and you are between the ages of 15 – 18 years we would like to hear from you.  Take up the challenge and make an application for a personal development program on board the Sail Ship 'Leeuwin'.

A written application is required of applicants, outlining what they feel they could receive from the experience.  A letter of support from a community organisation included with the application will also assist in the selection process.

Applications for the 2020 scholarship are now open until midnight 31 May 2020.

Download Shire of Dandaragan Leeuwin Information Pack/Scholarship Application

For more information about the Youth Explorer voyage dates, go to

If you have any questions please contact the Shire Community Development Officer on 9652 0800.  

Youth Friendly Communities

Spray the Grey Youth Festival

Spray the Grey is the Shire of Dandaragan's free annual festival for young people held on the foreshore in Jurien Bay.  

After the success of our 2019 festival, we had scheduled our 2020 event for Wednesday 8 April during the school holidays, however due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this has been postponed until further notice.   Keep up to date at the Shire of Dandaragan Youth page here.

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Shire of Dandaragan's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will play an important role in advising the community development team on projects and issues that are relevant to young people across our Shire.  The YAC will discuss, evaluate and take action on issues and ideas that come directly from young people themselves.

We aim for the YAC to take an active role in planning and assisting with our annual Spray the Grey Youth Festival, with the them of increasing fun, participation and vibrancy for young people in the Shire.

Membership of the YAC is open to all young people between the ages of 12 and 24 residing in the Shire of Dandaragan.  We encourage young people from diverse ages, backgrounds and life experiences who want to become involved in making a difference and having their ideas and opinions heard to get in contact with our community development officer on 9652 0800 or email

Meetings are now held on the first Friday of every month to ensure the community development team is well-informed of any ideas, concerns or feedback regarding local youth issues, projects or events.  Meetings will be rotated in different towns across the Shire.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the Shire of Dandaragan YAC, please contact us.  We'd love to tell you more and hear your ideas.


ShoWcAse IN PIXELS is the annual exhibition of artworks from local governments around Western Australia.  Previously know as Banners in the Terrace, our local schools have the opportunity each year to work with our community development team to create and enter their own banner into the exhibition.

The physical banners were traditionally hung on the poles along St Georges Terrace.  Recently, WALGA has given schools the opportunity to display the artworks in a new format and venue - on the 45 metre high iconic digital tower in the heart of Yagan Square in Perth.  This new format means artists are no longer restricted to PVC canvas and are encouraged to be as creative as they can.

In 2019, Dandaragan Primary School displayed their digital design in the competition.  This year, Cervantes Primary School will be participating in the ShoWcAse in PIXELS exhibition.