Mildura Rural City Council has celebrated the achievements of the more than 20 young people nominated for Wednesday night’s 2017 Mildura Rural City Council Youth Awards.

The awards are now in their fifth year and serve as a way to thank local young people under 25 for their efforts across a wide range of areas within the community, including volunteering, the arts and caring for others.

Celebrated during National Youth Week each year, the Youth Awards recognise and highlight not only the contributions our youth make within the community, but the important role they play in our future.

Thirteen people took out awards in four categories on Wednesday night:

Youth Volunteer Award Joint Winners – Georgie Hopkins and Antonio Liparota

Youth Artist Group Award – Afghan Representatives of Mildura Mehdi Arifi, Sayema Najafi, Idress Jaffari ,Latifa Jaffri, Mohammed Ad Shujaee, Raihana Hashimi, Rohullah Ataye, Sadia Najafi, Saadat Ibrahimi

Youth Carer Award – Guylac (Rau) Mak 

Youth Artist Award – Emily McEwan

While unable to attend the event Mildura Rural City Councillor for Community Wellbeing and Services Ali Cupper congratulated all nominees and award winners.

 “Wednesday's awards was a celebration of our youth and illustrated just how much our young people do in the community,” Cr Cupper said.

 “It was a chance to let the region’s youth know that we recognise the valuable contribution they make to our region, and the difference they make within our community.

 “The awards also raise awareness among the wider community about the work our young people do each year and how much we have to be proud of.”