Nambucca Heads shows how to get it together for Triple J
SOMETIMES young people can get a bad rap for being lazy or unmotivated.
A group of Nambucca Heads High School students, together with young people from around the Nambucca Valley, are proving that idea wrong this month as they put in a huge effort to win a nationwide competition.
Teenagers throughout the Nambucca Valley are working together with council members to submit an entry into Triple J's One Night Stand.
Every year the ABC's national youth broadcaster, Triple J, runs a competition for small communities in Australia to host a massive drug and alcohol-free concert with world-renowned artists.
This year, the leading band will be Silverchair. They will be supported by Midnight Juggernauts and Behind Crimson Eyes. Entries close on the March 9 and the winner will be announced on March 16.
While the students are doing this to see a fantastic live band, they also see that it will have huge benefits for the community as a whole in terms of tourist dollars and community pride.
Past winners of this competition drew 15,000 tourists into their community.
One of the key organisers, Nambucca Heads High School Year 12 student Ella Hewgill, believes the benefits will be massive.
"Over the period of the One Night Stand the immediate benefits will be for the local retail, hospitality and tourism industries," she said.
"This boost will provide the shire with economic profit and an ongoing benefit of being the local government area that won the nationwide Triple J One Night Stand."
Benefits for young people also surpass the good time they are planning to have.
"There will be huge benefits for the youth of this shire as they have the opportunity to host the most important youth event ever held in the history of this shire; this will give the youth pride and a feeling of being part of something special," Ella said.
Nambucca Shire Council youth worker Sue Harvey agrees.
"I believe this will be a turning point for the youth and simply a fantastic opportunity if we win. The next step will be to get the skate park," she said.