Awards to Recognise Local Young Achievers

Published on 11 February 2020

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Nominations are now open for the annual Warrnambool and Moyne Youth Awards.

Coordinated by the Youth Councils, the Awards recognise young people aged between 12 and 25 years who live either in Warrnambool or Moyne Shire.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said this year’s Awards aim to recognise not just the talents and achievements of local youth, but the values and dedication young people show.

“This year’s Awards will focus heavily on the values of the individuals; those who have shown cooperation, resilience, responsibility, kindness and passion,” Cr Meade said.

“There are so many young people in our region who are leading examples to their peers, whether it be in their artistic skills, entrepreneurship, academic or sporting achievements, or how they contribute to their local community or the environment.

“We’re not necessarily looking for those who are the best, but those who show the most commitment, the most passion.

“These Awards are an opportunity for those people to be recognised and celebrated for all they are achieving, while also encouraging others to follow their lead.

“It is great to see the two local Youth Councils working together to continue these annual awards.”

Warrnambool City Mayor, Cr Tony Herbert said it’s important to celebrate local young people.

“I think it’s really important to celebrate our successes, especially when young people are involved,” Cr Herbert said.

“I am constantly amazed at the dedication, talent and selflessness of our region’s young people.

“Being nominated for, let alone winning, an award can be a big confidence booster. So I’d like to encourage everyone to take a moment to think about the young people they know who are doing great things, and to nominate them for an award.”

Nominations for the 2020 Warrnambool and Moyne Youth Awards close 16 March with the Awards to be presented on Friday 17 April at the Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool. Nominations can be made in three age categories: 12-15 years, 16-18 years and 19-25 years and winners in each category will receive a $200 gift voucher and plaque, with runner’s up receiving a $100 gift voucher.

The 2020 Awards will also provide an opportunity for young people to showcase their talents, with the launch of a Youth Showcase which will include exhibits of work from young creatives, performers, entrepreneurs, tradespeople and apprentices. The Showcase will be launched during Youth Week at the Lighthouse Theatre and will be on display 3 – 19 April. Young performers will also be invited to perform at the Youth Awards presentation event on 17 April. Expressions of Interest for the Showcase close 9 March.

Award nominations and Expression of Interest forms for the Showcase are available online at www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/youth-awards.

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