Plenty on offer for youth of Oamaru

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The Waitaki District Youth Council is more enthusiastic than ever and has big plans this year, including organising a wearable arts show and a talent quest.

Chairperson Jessie Waite said there was an “awesome” group of people involved in the council, which focused on the youth in Oamaru.

“I think it is important that youth have a voice in the community,” she said.

“You’ve got the other council and they look after rates and things the youth aren’t that bothered about.”

Over the past two years, the youth council had started organising more activities and projects in the area, she said.

This year, they hope to organise a wearable arts show, a talent quest, guest speakers and more.

Miss Waite said the youth council wanted to be there for the community and show the youth of Oamaru that there were great things to do here as well as “incredible” talent.

“The stereotype is that there’s often nothing fun for youth to do in Oamaru,” she said.

Last year they organised the Christmas parade, a quiz, the colour run and arranged for the Friendly Bay Playground water fountain to be installed.

The council is made up of about 20 people under 25. Most members are students from Waitaki Boys’ High School, Waitaki Girls’ High School and St Kevin’s College.

The youth council holds a meeting on the first Wednesday of each month.

By RUBY HARFIELD