Nominations for the Gore Youth Awards open next Friday.
Gore District Youth Council chairman Josh Highsted (17) said nomination forms could be found in schools, at the council chambers, at the Gore Visitors Centre or on the council website.
“This year we have lowered the entry age,” Josh said.
To be nominated, people had to be between 10 and 24, he said.
The categories were all the same as last year, he said.
“It’s a great chance for youth to be heard in the community.”
He believed it was important for young people to be recognised.
“It’s quite special for them and a good incentive for them to keep doing what they are doing.”
The awards were all organised by the youth council, he said.
“It’s been an experience.
“It’s been interesting learning about all the different parts you have to organise.”
One of the most challenging parts was deciding on a host, he said.
“We had a few bold ideas.
“We had trouble deciding on someone easier to get.”
This year was the fifth anniversary of the awards, Josh said.
“We do plan on doing something for the anniversary.”
The award-winners would be announced on December 9 at the Gore Youth Awards at St James Theatre.
“It should be a fun night.”
All the young people who were nominated for the awards would get a complimentary ticket, he said.
He was looking forward to seeing all the nominations.
“It’s good to see people getting out there and giving it a go.”