2019 Youth Ambassador Ella Heke taking part in traditional Japanese drumming during this past year's tour to Matsuura.
2019 Youth Ambassador Ella Heke taking part in traditional Japanese drumming during this past year's tour to Matsuura.

Students wanted to represent community in Japan

A CHANCE for high school students to visit Japan as ambassadors of the region is up for grabs.

Mackay Regional Council has launched the 2020 Youth Ambassador Program for students in Years 10–12.

The council will award at least 10 $1000 scholarships to outstanding young individuals to be used towards travel to Mackay’s Japanese sister city Matsuura.

Councillor Fran Mann said this year’s visit would be particularly exciting with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games taking place a week prior to the ambassadors’ arrival.

“There will be an amazing buzz in all of Japan,” she said.

“Our sister city scholarship provides opportunities for students to learn new life skills, make new friends and give them exposure to a unique cultural experience.

“Japan is a hub of industry, innovation, technology, business, art, tourism, food, history and culture, so the program has many benefits and learning opportunities.”

Eligible students will demonstrate an interest in Japan and its culture. The ambassadors will depart Mackay during the September school holidays.

Students will be expected to provide their latest school report, which must display exemplary behaviour.

Applications close at midnight, Sunday, February 23. To apply, visit mackay.qld.gov.au/sistercity.



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