What do you most want people to remember about the coronavirus pandemic ten years from now?
It is this question Horsham's Youth Council is asking residents to consider.
It is asking them to write these thoughts down in a letter to place in a time capsule, which will be opened in 2030.
"It was one of our older council members Miranda (Rose) that came up with the idea," said council members Scarlett Munday-Terry.
"2020 is not the best year for us, and we were thinking 'What can we do?', because in the future, we are going to want to look back on this. What's the best way? Writing letters. How can we keep them safe? In a time capsule."
The capsule will be stored at "the Station", formerly the Nexus Youth Centre on Pynsent Street.
Other council members Tom Luke and Shivansh Bhutani said being separated from friends was like what young people in the Wimmera were finding hardest about the pandemic.
"I will probably put a picture of myself wearing a mask in my letter, and something short to sum it all up," Tom said.
"I'll remember my friends, and that we got through this," Shivansh Bhutani said. "Not being able to go across the street and just talk to my friends has been the hardest part."
"I hope that we can get people's feelings in the letters, so (in ten years) we can see how people were feeling back then," Scarlett said. "They don't just have to send it to themselves, they could send it to a stranger or a friend to look back on in ten years.
"I've learned this year I've been taking things for granted that I shouldn't have, things like be able to travel and hanging out with family."
Letters can be delivered with the subject line "Horsham Time Capsule project" to the council's Roberts Avenue headquarters, email@example.com or PO box 511, Horsham, VIC 3402.
The youth council will stage an online gaming tournament over Discord on Friday, October 9, to give the region's young people an opportunity to connect with one another.
It comes as the council is in the process of re-branding the building as 'The Station' and is running a Design a Logo competition until October 4. Artists wanting to be involved can express their interest at https://www.hrcc.vic.gov.au/Our-Services/Youth/The-Station.
Youth services engagement and planning officer Annie Mintern said there had been high-quality entries of logos from Horsham schools.
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