MYAT, the Manning Youth Action Team, from Greater Taree City Council have completed a busy final month of events to wrap up a highly successful 2013.
First was the highly anticipated Indent Regional Tour featuring Sydney Hip Hop artists Spit Syndicate and DJ Joyride. The event was a roaring success despite a last minute venue change to Taree High School.
"We were incredibly fortunate to have the tour come to Taree; we were one of only five regional towns in NSW chosen," MYAT member Carly Walker said.
"Not only were the artists and production crew incredibly generous with their time, but they put on a great show and taught us some great event management skills for the future."
The regional tour was followed by the annual Live'n'Loud Summerfest. This event also included the Live and Light display from the Manning Regional Art Gallery.
Greater Taree City Council's youth development officer, Jane Lynch, credits the whole event to the young members of MYAT.
"The team ran all aspects of the night ranging from performing, MCing, stage managing and the barbecue," Jane said.
"We also had great support from the staff at Taree Library, as well as Taree Hire who helped to sponsor the event."
Despite these big events, which were all sandwiched between school exams and many other commitments, the team has maintained their enthusiasm for next year.
"We are already planning for youth week in April 2014 and we have just been informed that we have received funding from Indent to continue Live'n'Loud," Carly said.
"It is a significant commitment being a part of the group. However, it is a great opportunity for young people to be involved in their local community. We currently have members from most major schools in the area and members range in age from 14 to 22," Jane explained.
The group meets monthly and is supported by Greater Taree City Council's youth service team and Greater Taree City Council's community outreach librarian, Debbie Horgan.
The group will begin meeting again early in 2014 and anybody interested in being involved is asked to contact Jane Lynch either by email to Jane.Lynch@gtcc.nsw.gov.au or see taree.cc/youth