Following the judging day held last Wednesday, 6th of February at our Founding Partner TIO’s Head Office, we are now able to announce our Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards 2019 Finalists!
This year saw an enormous and diverse response during the nomination submissions period. We loved hearing about the achievements of these young Australians and received submissions throughout Northern Territory. Did your town include a nominee? View the map of nominations received.
The 2019 Winners will be announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday 5 April 2019 at SKYCITY Darwin. We invite everyone involved with the awards, including their family and friends, to attend this fantastic night and join us in celebrating the achievements of these amazing Australians. To assist the category winners in achieving their goals, they will receive $2,000 and a trophy, courtesy of founding partner TIO (Territory Insurance Office). Learn more about the Gala Dinner here.
So without further ado, here is the list of our 2019 Finalists:
Somerville Community Service Award
Somerville Community Services values are based on Generosity from the Heart and Service to the Community. This award recognises those selfless young men and women who make a difference by giving their time, guidance, encouragement and much needed support. Volunteers who spend their time offering friendship, hope and inspiration to the disadvantaged and those who need it most. The Somerville Community Services Award applauds our unsung heroes, acknowledging those young people who are passionate in putting the needs of others first.
- Karyna Jansons, 27 of ALICE SPRINGS
- Nicole Civitarese, 25 of TENNANT CREEK
- Romany Maunder, 26 of DARWIN
Zip Print Sport Award
Today’s young athletes are tomorrow’s sporting heroes. They’re dedicated young Australians with a strong spirit of competition and love of the game. Encouraging and supporting the ambition and hard work of these focused individuals helps them to go further, faster, longer and higher than anyone before. Whether it’s competing, coaching, administration or education, the Sports Award seeks to applaud their talents and recognise their commitment in the pursuit of excellence.
- Shadeene Evans, 17 of BORROLOOLA
- Dana Carroll, 15 of WOODROFFE
- Caitlin Jong, 13 of MARLOW LAGOON
NT Government Young Aboriginal Educator Award
Aboriginal Educators and Support Staff have a significant role to play in the lives of their students and can make a real difference by giving them guidance, encouragement and support. The Young Aboriginal Educator Award will recognise young Aboriginal Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Support staff and young Aboriginal students studying education and those currently undertaking placements throughout the Territory. It is important to recognise the Aboriginal workforce and those young Aboriginal people who have the leadership ability and skills to inspire students, other staff and their community creating future success for all Territorians. This award provides an opportunity for the broader community to nominate a high achieving Aboriginal educator or support staff member and acknowledge their achievements and contribution to outstanding service in their local community.
- Kiah Fereday, 29 of MALAK
- Matthew Axten, 26 of ALICE SPRINGS
- Wesley Campbell, 28 of YARRALIN
Minister for Territory Families Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
It has been proven that young people showing strong leadership ability think creatively and act decisively. They help motivate and inspire others to aim high. In business, commerce and the community, effective young leaders are emerging by displaying initiative, innovation and a commitment to excellence. Their positive approach to life and outstanding contributions to society are a credit to themselves and their families. The Excellence in Youth Leadership Award gives special recognition to honour and encourage youth leadership.
- Dawyte Clancy, 18 of NAULA
- Alexandra (Sacha) King, 28 of DARWIN
- Philamena McKenzie, 22 of STUART PARK
Genesee & Wyoming Australia Indigenous Achievement Award
Young Indigenous people are using their own stories and life experiences to give back to their communities and improve the lives of other Indigenous youths. These passionate and dedicated young Indigenous people provide strong role models and help make a difference. The Indigenous Achievement Award acknowledges and celebrates the commitment of these young people in achieving or participating in excellence.
- Celeste Brand, 28 of ALICE SPRINGS
- Rikki Bruce, 28 of STUART PARK
- Jasmin Onus, 29
NT Government Small Business Achievement Award
Many young Territorians have successfully started or operate their own small business or franchise and are making important economic and social contributions to the Territory. Creative business, franchises and commercial ventures provide opportunities for growth, productivity, leadership, training and employment. Many are also giving back to the community or giving others an opportunity. Young small business, franchise owners and operators are rolling up their sleeves, developing and realising their corporate vision and mission. The NT Government Small Business Achievement Award promotes those who “give it a go” through determination, innovation, hard work and self-motivation, rewarding those who make their own luck and opportunities a reality.
- Nathan Cooper – Penguin Ice, 29 of FANNIE BAY
- Eliza McClelland – Pony and Sid Catering Co., 24 of WINNELLIE
- Brogan Hanrahan – The Black Russian Caravan Bar, 25 of KATHERINE
- Annabel Curtain – Katherine Outback Experience, 29 of KATHERINE
NT Government Young Carers Award
Young people are constructively making a difference by supporting people with disability and people who are aged by caring for their daily needs. Giving their time to make life more comfortable, improve independence, confidence and well-being. This help can be the difference between hospital or home, happiness or depression, self-respect or feeling a hindrance and alone. This award will be presented to a young carer that is making an outstanding contribution in this field.
- Lily Websdale, 15 of PARAP
- Phoebe Frances, 16
- Emma Symonds, 13 of LYONS
Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award
The Territory is a vibrant and exciting place that is constantly growing and changing. Young Territorians are helping their local communities to achieve this by developing primary industries, manufacturing, tourism and employment opportunities. They’re helping to ensure sustainability, community development and promote positive images of regional areas within the Territory. The Regional and Rural Initiative Award acknowledges and rewards those young Territorians who are helping to reshape and inspire their local communities.
- Annabel Curtain, 29 of KATHERINE
- Metui Tongatua, 28 of RAMINGINING
- Isabella Leonhardt, 18 of KATHERINE
ConocoPhillips Environment Award
The Environment Award recognises young people who have demonstrated environmental leadership or a significant contribution to a sustainable Territory. The award celebrates young people who have demonstrated initiatives in the efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. These young people will stimulate ideas about sustainability and the environment in their community, sharing solutions and identifying strategies for change in the future.
- Larissa Potter, 24 of RAPID CREEK
- Hugh Davies, 29 of RAPID CREEK
- Georgia Koch, 18 of BAKEWELL
Colemans Contracting & Earthmoving Agriculture Award
The Agriculture Award aims to acknowledge Territorians that are making a difference in a diverse category. These individuals are often hard-working forward thinkers, leaders in innovation, motivated and devoted to making a difference to their industry while addressing the needs of the community. Nominees for this award can be involved in any area of Territory agriculture. The Agriculture Award presents an opportunity for us to acknowledge those who play a part in shaping our agricultural community.
- Roley James, 26 of KATHERINE
- Grayson Webster, 23 of ZUCCOLI
- Maddison Clonan, 26 of STUART PARK
Charles Darwin University Arts Award
The spirit of creativity, the energy and drive of young artistic people is enthusiastically applauded by the Charles Darwin University. The Arts Award celebrates the creative practices of young people, particularly the initiative and commitment required to produce inspirational work. The Arts Award values the diversity and innovation of young people working in the arts and acknowledges their contribution to Australian culture.
- Archer Bryett, 14 of WOODROFFE
- Maneeza Rahmany, 16 of DARWIN
- Dylan Glynn-McDonald, 26 of ALICE SPRINGS
McDonalds NT Career Achievement Award
Territorians are pursuing their career with passion and vitality and young people are showing ambition isn’t limited by age. Whether they are climbing the corporate ladder, progressing from apprentice to workshop manager, or have a focus on proactivity and innovation in the workplace, they are showing that career success can start and apply anywhere. The McDonalds NT Career Achievement Award promotes innovation, high achievement, hard work, leadership, a desire for self-improvement and a community focus. The Award will reward those who make the most of their opportunities.
- Ben Christie, 28 of MUIRHEAD
- Nikita Baker, 24 of BORROLOOLA
- Tierneigh Parnell, 25 of ALICE SPRINGS