STAWELL - The rapid growth of the Northern Grampians Shire Youth Action Council (YAC) has seen it awarded Stawell's Young Citizen of the Year at Sunday's Australia Day ceremony.
The Northern Grampians Shire YAC was only formed in April last year, but has already made a difference in the shire.
In addition to hosting two successful youth events in Stawell and St Arnaud, the group has secured funding for a mental health project and set a number of goals, including:
Improving opportunities for further education and employment.
Creating more youth specific events.
Providing better access to mental healthcare.
Increasing utilisation of existing community assets.
Improving the existing culture around drugs and alcohol.
The Youth Action Council's Twilight Cinema initiative in Stawell attracted more than 400 people to Cato Park and raised an incredible $1,000 for Movember.
The group also organised a music event in St Arnaud called 'Little Night Out', securing big name acts like Triple J Unearthed band Ikarii and the Royce Twins from X Factor.
Group members were responsible for many tasks and even managed to gain sponsorship and support from local businesses.
They give up their own time to attend meetings and help make the shire a better place for young people.
Congratulations to the Youth Action Council and its members: Matilda Douglas, Lauren Dempsey, Brad Greene, Tianna Hendy, Bridgette Knights, Titian Linley, Harriet Madams, Lily Matheson, Jamie Perry and Ruby Sutherland.