MEMBERS of the community are encouraged to nominate a young person for the National Australia Day Council’s Young Australian of the Year Awards.

The awards are open to young people aged 14 to 27 who make a valuable contribution in their field.

They aim to recognise talented and dedicated young achievers, many of whom go unnoticed and unrewarded.

Chisholm Liberal candidate Ros Clowes urged residents to nominate young people who deserved to be recognised for their tireless dedication or outstanding achievements.

She said the awards not only acknowledged their contributions, but enabled them to become role models.

Nominations are being sought in the following categories:

Commonwealth Minister for Arts Arts Award.

Australia Post Sports Award.

Pacific Access Community Service Award.

Minister for Youth Affairs Career Achievement Award.

The Federal Government’s Regional Initiative Award.

Alcoa Science and Technology Award.

Unilever Environment Award.

Each category winner will receive a $4000 award saver account from the Commonwealth Bank and a trophy.

One young person will be chosen as the Young Achiever of the Year Victoria and will receive an additional $4000 plus a holiday package.

Category winners will go on to represent Victoria in the national final, which will determine seven national winners. Of these, one will be chosen as the 2002 Young Australian of the Year.

Nomination forms are available from Mrs Clowes on 98026306. Entries close September 7.