Noise off to flying start
A YOUTH magazine, published by Gympie Council in partnership with The Gympie Times, has a good chance of taking out the prestigious National Award of Excellence for Local Government.
The Noise Magazine has been named the best youth project in Australia for 2012 by winning the Youth Engagement and Participation category of the Local Government Awards for its role in providing a platform for young Gympie people.
Winners of all 16 categories qualified for a chance to win the overall title, the National Awards of Excellence.
One of the magazine's many contributing journalists, Cody Harold, joined Gympie Regional Council workers responsible for the project on a trip to Canberra to make a presentation to the national judging panel to be considered for the awards.
To back their case, The Noise Magazine crew made a video to be included in the presentation.
Council's Services and Facilities coordinator Heather Kelly said the presentation needed to meet certain criteria.
These were: Innovation - how the project demonstrated innovation and the way council delivered the service to the community; Process and Planning - how The Noise Magazine's business practices improved to better meet the community's needs; Benefits of the project; Transferability; whether the initiative could be adopted by other councils.
"The (Youth Engagement and Participation award) celebrates what we already knew ... That it's a great program," Mrs Kelly said.
"The Noise Magazine project costs less than $2 for each youth in Gympie. It's a great program that has the full support of the Gympie community."
Council's Youth and Community Development officer Matt Allard approached The Gympie Times in 2011 for assistance with the printing of the quarterly publication to improve the quality and launch an updated look.
The Gympie Times went one step further with the option to increase the distribution and insert the magazine into a weekday edition to give the youth a louder voice in the Gympie region.
The increased exposure of The Noise Magazine not only showcased young writers to a wider audience, but also provided a forum for Gympie's youth to inform and connect with the community.
"Well done to everyone involved in the writing and production of The Noise. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and engaging you with your community into the future," Gympie Times media manager Tracey McKean said.
Mr Allard said he, Heather and Cody were excited for the opportunity to promote The Noise Magazine in Canberra.
"And to have it recognised on a national scale also acknowledges all of the hard work that the crew have put into The Noise Magazine."