Public nominations have opened for the next term of the Tamworth Youth Council, with 15 spots available to help shape the future of the region.
The last term of the council achieved some major milestones on the back of a $48,000 state grant, which saw the council host one event a month, ranging from a free pool party to a mental health forum, and everything in between.
TRC Youth Services coordinator Kate Allwell said the youth council is about giving young people the opportunity to express their opinions and ideas, as well as bring us any issues that affect them.
"The youth council will be very significant to the development and delivery of the Tamworth Regional Youth Strategy," she said.
"We are also looking to extend the diversity, and current geographical representation on the council - so we would like young people from Manilla, Barraba and Nundle to be represented."
Lauren Hutchinson has already served one term on the Youth Council, and is hoping to be re-elected again, after experiencing the potential of the opportunity.
"I was looking for a leadership opportunity, and an opportunity to express my views from the perspective of a young person in Tamworth," she said.
"I have learnt so much over there last year, especially about how to express opinions, and get people to appreciate those opinions."
Lauren will be running a careers event in September after focusing on education, while fellow member Oliver Keft-Gill used his term on the council to help address mental health issues.
"My parents pushed me towards the council - it didn't really mean much to me at the start, but once I started getting involved I loved it," he said.
"Mental health has been a big thing for me and my family, and this was a good way for me to be able to express that in a wider environment, and get my opinion valued."
Expressions of interest are open on the TRC website until September 10.