Meet the crew!



Corangamite Shire Youth Crew is the collective term for Corangamite Shire Youth Council and FReeZa members. The Crew are recognised for their inclusivity, creativity and welcome all 12 to 20 year old to either sign up to be a part of the Crew, come along to one of our events or drop us a line if you’ve got a cool idea we could help out on.

The Youth Crew are mentored on their projects by the Corangamite Shire Youth Engagement Team, Council Officers and Shire Councillors. Our Youth Team have an incredible background in creative arts, music and event management and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! We’re here to ensure the interests of all young people are represented and our Crew gain valuable skills in what floats their boat.

Youth Crew is supported by the Corangamite Shire, Supporting Corangamite Youth, all Corangamite secondary schools including Hampden Specialist School and the Victorian Government through the Engage! And FreeZa programs.

Our purpose is: 

  • To provide a forum for young people to highlight issues, needs and aspirations important to them and relevant to local government in Corangamite Shire
  • To build confidence, skills and knowledge in young people, including leadership, communication, teamwork, project management skills and specialist skills in their area of interest.
  • To provide advice and suggestions to the Council regarding issues affecting the youth of Corangamite.
  • To increase social connections with peers, family, adults and the greater Corangamite Community.
  • To initiate programs to help in the development of young people in Corangamite, in a diverse range of areas; from building social skills and connections to upskilling to do life right.
  • To educate young people about local government, the structure within it and the role it plays in the Corangamite Shire.
  • To do all the above and have fun doing it!!!

Tess Lourey

Youth Mayor

Name: Tess Lourey

Role: Youth Mayor 2020/21

Member since: 2018

Hometown: Terang

School: Graduated Mercy Regional College 2020             

I pride myself on being a fully immersed community member who is able to advocate on behalf of all youth to make Corangamite the best place it can be, now and into the future. I’m open to discuss all issues that might face Corangamite young people and if I am unable to assist I have a a very well-resourced network of professionals and community stakeholders who I consult with regularly. I am also keen to plan events so if you have an idea or want to have a chat. Please send an email to the youth services email and I will get back to you.

As youth mayor I believe it is my duty to progress youth matters to a platform where they are not only heard, but acted upon. This sentiment is endorsed by Corangamite Shire’s Youth Strategy Sync, whereby we are committed to providing the Elected Council a quarterly summery of of Youth Council meetings.

Next year I will take on the role as a trainee at MRC working in the sports department as well as events and business administration sectors.  I then wish to under take a Bachelor of Education at university. It is my dream to remain in Corangamite to continue to support the wonderful young and community that I love.

Jordy Gray

Deputy Youth Mayor

Name: Jordy Gray

Role: Deputy Youth Mayor 2020/2021

Member since: 2018

Hometown: Mortlake

Work: Learning Support Trainee, Mercy Regional College O’Keefe Campus & Casual Employee at Clarkes Cafe                     



Talk to me about the environment, as well as opportunities regarding further skills, opportunities and education for rural people.

In the future I wish to be a paediatric occupational therapist and continue to volunteer and advocate for others, as well as promote awareness for a range of causes.

Olivia Winsall

Environmental Officer

Name: Olivia Winsall

Role: Environmental Officer 

Member since: 2020

Hometown: Camperdown 

School: Camperdown College                    


I elected to be Corangamite Youth Council’s first Environmental Officer as I’m passionate about our environment and animals. I’m currently working with Corangamite Shire’s Waste and Sustainability Officer Jess Maxwell to shine a spotlight on the correct procedures of waste disposal and recycling. Making our community free from littering is one of my main objectives.

Alex Baker

Name: Alex Baker

Member since: 2019

Hometown: Timboon

Work: Terang Mitre 10

School: Mercy Regional College        


I’m interested in computers, events, live sound and lighting, as well as space, and technology as a whole. I’m also a singer and musician.

Veni Ong

Name: Veni Ong

Member since: Early 2020

Hometown: Terang

Work: casual farm work, but unemployed    

School: Mercy Regional College 


Talk to me about mental health, wellbeing, or wellness.

I hope to serve the community after high school studies, whether it be young or mature, and have fun along the way. And hopefully a lot of dogs, because why not!

Mali Glendinning

Name: Mali Glendinning

Member since: 2019

Hometown: Peterborough

School: Timboon P-12 School                                                


Talk to me about… If you’re interested in getting social at a Youth Crew run event, have a suggestion about an event you’d like to see happen in your area or maybe you’d like to be on the Crew??? Have a chat to me and I’ll see what we can make happen.

I’m all about action, so if you see something that needs doing talk to me and together let’s get it done!

Ben White

Name: Ben White

Member since: 2020

Hometown: I work in Colac during the week and return home to my family’s property at Duverney on weekends.

Work: Metal fabrication engineering apprentice

School: Derrinallum College 


Talk to me about… All things practical; I grew up on a farm, so I understand issues relating to agriculture and remote and regional living. I am handy at auto-mechanics and have a real passion for building. I’m an advocate for young people pursuing careers in trade services.

I’d love to make a difference in my community by highlighting the need for improved roads and transport options for young people.

Poppy Haugh

Name: Poppy Haugh

Member since: Late 2019

Hometown: Timboon

Work: Ritchies IGA Timboon

School: Timboon P-12 School                          


Talk to me about...I aim to build greater awareness and support LGBTQ+ topics inclusion in our community.

I hope to peruse youth work and youth engagement as a possible career choice. I’m also a keen photographer and appreciate live comedy.

Callani Winsall

Name: Callani Winsall

Member since: 2020

Hometown: Camperdown

School: Camperdown College                              


Talk to me about...I am interested in human and animal rights and am passionate about contributing positively to my community.