Nominations for the Macedon Ranges Shire Council Youth Awards are now open, celebrating the significant contribution young people make to the life of the community and society.

Since beginning in 2006, the awards have recognised hundreds of young people and encourage them to continue to work hard to achieve their best, doing what they love across a range of different interests and initiatives.

Community director Maria Weiss said the awards were a chance to bring light to the achievements of young people in the shire and allow them to be publicly acknowledged.

“It’s really important to encourage and reward young people for the work they do as role models within our community,” she said.

“These young people are our future and no doubt will go on to continue to do great things for our society.

“If you know an inspiring young person aged 12-25 years doing amazing things in the community, I urge you to nominate them in this year’s Youth Awards.”

The awards cover a range of categories, including: willpower, showing character and perseverance; good deeds, giving time and energy for activities that support others; pure imagination, a passion in creativity through the arts; nicely played, achieving recreational and physical activity goals; skilling it, excelling in a mentorship program, workplace or business; and well aware, shining a light on important social issues, and raising awareness in the community.

Nominations close on July 31. Winners are to be announced and celebrated at Kyneton Town Hall on October 6.

For more information or to submit a nomination online, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/youthawards or email youth@mrsc.vic.gov.au.

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