The Steer is a group for young leaders aged 14 -25 that want to expand their horizons, create change and be the youth voice for the Kinglake Ranges

If you become a Steer member you will:
– Meet fortnightly with a group of like-minded young people
– Receive a high level of leadership mentoring & skill development
– Go to team building events, meet inspiring, successful and motivational young leaders
– Work collaboratively with local council, community organisations, and members to advocate for young people
– Develop and deliver meaningful and engaging youth projects, activivies and events

Click here if you are interested in participating.





The Steer also run the Kinglake arm of the Murrindindi Shire Council FReeZA program

FReeZA is an innovative youth development program that enables young people to enjoy fully supervised drug, alcohol and smoke-free events. Each year up to 400 FReeZA events are staged, with over 130,000 young people attending from across Victoria.

The FReeZA program is modelled on a youth participation approach. Young people join a local FReeZA Committee and lead the planning, development and delivery of music and cultural events in their community. FReeZA committees also provide important performance opportunities for local musicians and young artists.

FReeZA committees across Victoria organise drug and alcohol-free gigs with live bands, dance parties and cultural events for young people aged 12 to 25, though most people who attend are between the ages of 14 and 18.

All FReeZA events are organised by a committee of young people for young people. You can tell your parent or guardian that all FReeZA events are supervised and the venues are safe.


The Open Night is a FReeZA initiative run by The Steer group. They are run monthly during school terms and have been very popular! Music lovers are invited to Ellimatta on a Tuesday night. Young musicians of any ability are welcome to come and use our professional music facilities and instruments or bring your own. Meet other local musicians, practice with your own band, experience performing in front of an audience or be part of the audience and appreciate live music. Great local young talent have been jamming out some groovy tunes and raising the vibe of the centre. Come along and watch, play, sing, boogie and enjoy the atmosphere.


The Steer FReeZA group will be running the stage and bringing some awesome local live music to the Kinglake Country Fair. Be sure to check out not only the entertainment and bands but also the way this group of local young people can put on an event.




In August 2017 the Kinglake Branch of the Bendigo Bank announced that they will cover the majority of funding required the Youth Mental Health First Aid for Teens course to be delivered in Diamond Valley Secondary College, Whittlesea Secondary College and Yea High School as well as contributing to the required teacher training.

The foundation of this project dates back to 2016 when The Steer decided to focus on the project of fundraising for Youth Mental Health services and support in the Kinglake Ranges. They have started working on some fundraising events and projects to get to their first goal of raising $2000 to run a Youth Mental Health First Aid for Teens course. Please help support The Steer and their fundraising projects for this very important cause.

To read more about Youth Mental Health First Aid for Teens course please refer click this link to be directed to the official site.


The Steer is an initiative run in partnership with Ellimatta Youth Inc and Murrindindi Shire Council.