GREAT PERSON: Warwick Apex member Peter Hardwick presents Peter Gasparin with his Young Person of the Year award.
GREAT PERSON: Warwick Apex member Peter Hardwick presents Peter Gasparin with his Young Person of the Year award. Ewan Leighton

Young people are recognised

STANTHORPE'S young people often get bad feedback for the misdemeanours of a few.

But the hard work and commitment of the region's brightest was recognised on Tuesday night, during the Southern Downs Regional Council's National Youth Week awards.

About 49 nominees, family members and special guests turned out to congratulate the youth community and enjoy a two course meal prepared by QCWT head chef Andrew Simpson and his team. The council's youth worker Bonita Tyler organised the event and said she was happy with the community response.

"I though it went fantastic, it was a really good turnout, which was good," Ms Tyler said.

"I had really good feedback from the young people, that they were happy to be acknowledged."

Nominee numbers were down on last year and Ms Tyler said the council was changing the event to a biannual one to give people more time to nominate.

But she said, despite the numbers, it was great to see young people receiving some positive news.

"I think that's what we're saying last night: there is a lot of negative publicity but it's nice to see a bit of positive news," she said.

"I think many of them are future leaders, who have been recognised and they're taking the initiative to work with other young people to be able to get things done."

Peter Gasparin was awarded the Young Person of the Year award and was happy with the recognition. He said Stanthorpe's young people had a lot to offer the community.

"It's good that people show appreciation for what I do and it's good to be acknowledged," Mr Gasparin said.

"That's the same with the music field, we've got a lot of talented people in this town. It's just a matter of them getting out there and people seeing them."

After a busy start to the year, which included shaving his head for the Leukaemia Foundation, Mr Gasparin said he was looking forward to taking his foot off the pedal and focusing on his final year of school.

But he said he felt there were plenty of young people in Stanthorpe ready to take over.

"I've got the eisteddfod and little things here and there but I'm just going to try and finish school now," he said.

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