Thursday, February 1, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life


Becoming a MECC Youth Ambassador is a life-changing opportunity.

Not only do you enjoy special access to arts events, but you also gain hands-on experiences in performing arts, technical productions, and media and marketing.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the MECC had just opened applications for the 2024 Youth Ambassador Program.

“If you are looking to undertake a career in the arts, media or marketing, this is an exciting opportunity” Mayor Williamson said.

“Our MECC Youth Ambassadors have exclusive access to workshops and events that link directly to their studies,” he said.

The program has seen great successes over the years, with many students continuing their studies in the events industry post school.

“We have had a number of Youth Ambassadors successfully apply for the annual Jack Sturgeon Bursary, a $1000 bursary to help with the expense associated with tertiary studies,” Mayor Williamson said.

Former Youth Ambassador, Eddie Tiller, spoke highly of the program.

“My experience as a Youth Ambassador was amazing,” Eddie said.

“I met like-minded friends – who I would never have met otherwise,” she said.

“My favourite moment was volunteering at a Queensland Museum exhibition. I was able to create life-like movements with animated puppets, it was a lot of fun.”

After completing the program, Eddie was successful with an application for employment at the MECC and has since completed a Certificate III in Live Production. Budding performers, singers, dancers, sound designers, lighting technicians, curators, producers, marketers or anyone with an interest in the MECC can apply.


• Must reside in the Mackay Regional Council area

• Enrolled in grade 10-12

• Must have parental permission

• Must be able to attend regular workshops, meetings or training sessions

• Be willing to positively advocate the MECC and its programs and performances

• Have the support of one teacher at your school who will liaise with the MECC Engagement Officer

• This is a voluntary position

All entries must be received by Friday, 9 February 2024. Application forms available from

2023 Youth Ambassadors, Maddison Reed, Annabelle Brown, Suzannah Elliot Haynes and Kaili James enjoying a backstage tour with MECC employees Corby Stuart and Marie Gallagher

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