Red Carpet awards ‘a great thing for youth’

WODONGA is lucky to have a council that recognises the contribution young people make to the city, a winner of last year’s Red Carpet Youth Awards said yesterday.

Natasa Sojic, 17, attended yesterday’s launch of the council’s sixth youth awards at The Cube, challenging everyone in the room to nominate someone.

The Wodonga Senior Secondary College student was last year awarded the eco-warrior award for her environmental work at her school and out in the community.

She was also nominated for the youth ambassador award.

“It was a surprise to even be nominated,” Miss Sojic said.

“On the night of the awards, I was surrounded by friends and family and felt inspired and empowered to meet the other nominees and winners.”

Miss Sojic said the awards were great for the city.

“A friend in Sydney told me they don’t have anything like this,” she said.

Wodonga councillor Michael Fraser said many young people made a vital contribution to the city.

“Often these contributions go unnoticed and this is a great opportunity to recognise those young people who give of their time to make our community better,” he said.

The awards are open to people aged 14 to 24 who work, live, study or volunteer in Wodonga.

The awards have nine categories and nomination forms are available from the council office or on council’s website.

The call for nominations closes Friday, May 16.

A gala dinner for finalists will be held later in the year.

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