Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

2018 Finalists 


Charles Darwin University Arts Award
Phoebe Wear, 16 of Larrakeyah is a talented singer and song writer. She began writing her own songs two years ago and her single “Castaway” won the 2017 People’s Choice NT Song of the Year. Phoebe has been interviewed on radio numerous times and was awarded an NT Mentoree scholarship. She has been asked to compose and perform a song for 2018 The Beat Festival and will soon be releasing her second single.

Danzal Baker, 21 of Karama is a passionate dancer, rapper and actor, known as Baker Boy. He is a lead artist for Indigenous Hip Hop Projects known for their outstanding work with students in remote communities. Baker Boy has toured extensively in Australia, and performed in remote and regional Indigenous communities. Danzal’s debut single “Cloud 9” won multiple awards including a National Indigenous Music Award and his song Marryuna was voted 17th in Triple J’s Top 100.

Stevie Kyriacou, 18 of Humpty Doo is an emerging musician, actress and poet. She has dedicated her studies to the arts and has supported celebrated Australian acts, including The Cat Empire, The Angels, Grinspoon and Icehouse. Although new to the scene she has already topped the Triple J Unearthed Charts and performed in sold out shows. Stevie has been nominated for awards such as the National Live Music Awards Best Live Voice NT.


Minister for Territory Families Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
Christopher Teng, 21 of Marrara is undertaking a Bachelor of Law and Arts degree and has a strong interest in international relations. He is President of United Nations Youth, Northern Territory. Christopher is a member of the NT Round Table, the Youth Advisory Committee and has filled leadership positions to advance the causes and interests of young people. Christopher was awarded the Travers McLeod Award for outstanding contribution to UN Youth Australia.

Hannah Morris, 26 of The Gardens founded Blue Sky Connect, a not-for-profit organisation connecting students with work experience. Hannah holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies, a Juris Doctor and Master of Teaching degree. She is a Board Member for Happy Yess, Darwin's original local live music and arts venue, and an Ambassador for the international charity, One Girl. Hannah also served as Board Director of UN Youth Australia

Phoebe Hooper, 18 of Katherine developed a project aimed at increasing awareness and inclusion of the LGBTQIA community, and supporting mental health. He founded ‘Keep Talking NT’ and delivered workshops to teachers and students at Katherine High School. Phoebe is a senior student, works part time, performs in a band, and represents the 2017 Youth Round Table. Phoebe coordinated the inaugural Katherine Rural Pride Festival and has volunteered many hours to the community.


The Coffee Club Fashion Award
Ally Pettifor, 27 of Johnston created Alea Headwear. She produces unique, bespoke millinery using leather and lace, sourced locally from suppliers. She had a successful 2017 Spring Racing carnival, producing 16 unique pieces. Ally is continuously innovating and testing new materials and has clients across Australia, USA, NZ and the UK. Ally released a range of headwear to raise money for a wig for her friend Stevie who had cancer.

Maggie McGowan, 29 of Katherine is the creator of Magpie Goose where Aboriginal culture and stories are shared through the medium of fashion. Maggie creates design workshops for remote Aboriginal artists to enable them to get their designs onto textiles. The garments are produced in an Australian Accredited ethical factory and marketed to elevate the clothing to pieces of wearable art. Magpie Goose, has co-designed an empowerment program for young Aboriginal women.

Tillie Morgan, 27 of Nightcliff has created the AND.M label. Based between Indonesia and Darwin AND.M is a socially conscious fashion label bringing modern design and artisan colour together. Using colourful and creative Indonesian handmade textiles such as batik, Tilly collaborates with local Indonesian artists and designers along with clients in Australia. Tilly donates $5 from each ready to wear garment to help Indonesian girls with their education.


Genesee & Wyoming Australia Indigenous Achievement Award
Daryl Lacey, 29 of Fannie Bay is dedicated to helping conserve Australia’s northern environments and Indigenous cultures. He was a senior ranger with the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation and is a Team Leader with the Federal Department of Agriculture. Daryl’s work covers the Top End with a focus on North Eastern Arnhem Land. He has created strong links and facilitated better outcomes for Northern Australian biosecurity efforts. Daryl is also an accomplished sportsman.

Emily Ford, 19 of Larrakeyah was nominated for election as an Alderman in Lyons Ward in 2017. She was a member of the Darwin City Council’s Youth Advisory Committee until stepping down to run for election. Emily was awarded the Marion McCall OAM Scholarship through the Australian Women Pilots’ Association. This enabled her to achieve a personal goal and begin training as a pilot in a fixed wing aircraft.

Magnolia Maymuru, 21 of Nhulunbuy represented the Northern Territory at the 2016 Miss World Finals and led the runway at the Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Magnolia has travelled through Arnhem Land speaking of her successes and challenges and held workshops with women about confidence and determination. She is passionate about human rights and will this year be the Ambassador of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Woman's project.

Rikki Bruce, 27 of Stuart Park has completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. She wants to represent both women and Aboriginal people in engineering and is the NT’s Indigenous Representative with Young Engineers Australia. Rikki has been awarded eight scholarships and secured four engineering work placements. She has been guest speaker at several events and aspires to be a role model to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.


Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award
Melissa Wurramarrba, 20 of Katherine is an assistant teacher at Ngukurr Community Education Centre. She is the first person from Ngukurr to attend university straight from school in over 30 years. Melissa’s grandmother has been a big influence in her life, encouraging a commitment to study and a good attitude. Melissa is one of the Yugul Mangi Women Rangers working on developing a Ngukurr bush campus as a two-way learning centre.

Shaquiena George, 15 of Larapinta is a passionate advocate of preserving the Arrernte culture. She is the highest achiever in the first Indigenous Language course for Australian Secondary schools. Her achievement is spearheading the development of counterpart courses at other Indigenous schools. Shaquiena has assisted with development of an Arrernte language app and produced Arrernte books for students. Shaquiena volunteers extensively at many local community events, fundraisers and activities.

Christopher Wilson, 29 of Acacia Hills graduated with an Engineering Science degree. He has spent his life in the civil construction industry, working on high profile projects across the entire Northern Territory. As Managing Director of Northern Australian Civil, he has seen considerable growth in the company. Christopher co-stars in National Geographic’s Outback Wrangler show, relocating problem crocodiles, and has been an active crocodile conservationist for over 10 years.


NT Government Small Business Achievement Award
George Telan, 27 of Alice Springs is co-creator of The Roaming Barista with his partner Josh. He studied a Bachelor of Hospitality before establishing the only mobile coffee van in Alice Springs with eco-friendly, sustainable technology. The van has an LPG coffee machine and a battery bank inverter system that is 100% self-sufficient. Investing their life savings of $45,000 the Roaming Barista is now a profitable business, turning over $185,000 in the first year.

Matilda Alegria, 28 of Parap is the pioneer of large-scale, high caliber fashion events in Darwin. In 2012, her first wearable art collection and fashion showcase ‘A Minute’s Warning’ received great local and national media attention. Matilda consciously promotes a healthy body image for women across her events. She created a high-end ready-to-wear collection ‘La Revolución’ using various sized models. She also mentors the teenagers taking part in NTeen Fashion Festival.

Alex Florance 27, of Palmerston founded Florance Electrical starting with only a van, they now employ 12 people. They focus on growth, staff training and offer great customer service. Alex designed a unique coded booking system and a cloud based intranet hub. These allow employees to access work remotely and makes Florance Electrical a 98% paperless company. Alex and business partner Courtney are currently building a mobile app that will change the trade industry.

Sally Anne Illingworth, 22 of Parap owns Crust Parap. She was the 2015 Finalist for Franchise Woman of the Year Award and became the youngest Franchise Partner within Retail Food Group at the age of 18. Measuring 11.4 metres, Crust Parap holds Australia’s record for the Largest Pizza. They donated 101 Gourmet Pizza’s to evacuees of the Daly River Floods. Sally Anne was a finalist for the 2016 Australian Small Business Champion Awards.


NT Government Young Aboriginal Educator Award
Nikita Jason, 27 of Daly River is an Assistant Teacher at St Francis Xavier Catholic School and is due to graduate as a Teacher this year. Nikita provides invaluable support to the school’s non-indigenous staff and runs an outside school hours community cultural program. She always makes herself available to students and parents well after the final bell has rung. Nikita is also a formidable artist and mentors, encourages and inspires the students.

Roger Wilyuka, 23 of Alice Springs is a well-respected Assistant Teacher at Titjikala School. He leads a fathers and sons reading program and mentors young fathers, encouraging them to be actively involved in their children’s education. Roger is currently enrolled in a Certificate IV in Education Support and participates in school council meetings alongside community elders. He runs School Holiday Programs and Sports programs and is a member of the local football team.

Dylan Barry, 20 of Alice Springs commenced working with Sadadeen Primary School in 2015. He is a great role model and deals with students in a professional and calm manner. Dylan has a strong relationship with the staff, students and families. Dylan recently won the Alice Springs Indigenous Educator Support Staff member of the year award and was a runner-up at the Teaching in Territory Excellence awards.


ConocoPhillips Environment Award
Frazer Oliver, 25 of Santa Teresa has been working as a ranger in the Ltyentye Apurte Ranger group for the past two years. Part of the Central Land Council Ranger program, the team focuses on managing cultural and natural resources throughout the Santa Teresa Region. Frazer has completed a Certificate II and III in Conservation and Land Management and numerous other accredited qualifications and is about to undertake a Certificate IV.

Juliet Saltmarsh, 27 of Rapid Creek is a Volunteer Engagement Officer and Better Earth team leader for Conservation Volunteers Australia. She has successfully engaged over 500 people in conservation projects. Juliet trains teams in the field in hands-on skills such as marine debris surveys to remove litter from beaches. She has contributed to better waste management practices, and is regularly contacted by the media. Juliet was 2016 Territory NRM Volunteer award finalist.

Madeline Goddard, 29 of Austinmer is a passionate researcher and advocate for healthy costal systems. She developed a monitoring system to determine the vulnerability of Darwin Harbour's mangroves to sea level rise; critical for understanding their ongoing survival. Madeline was the co-organiser of the 2016 Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network conference which brought over 60 mangrove and saltmarsh researchers to Darwin. Madeline has been awarded a competitive Australian Postgraduate Award to continue her research.


NT Government Young Carers Award
Davida Norris, 19 of Palmerston provides care for her younger brother, Reggie. She spends at least eight hours a day supporting Reggie in his basic care needs like bathing and walking. Davida works hard to enhance Reggie’s world, building his social connections, community experiences and learning opportunities. She is involved with Young Carers NT, Sports NT NRL and Navy Cadets. Davida is an active member of her community and volunteers at her church.

Emma Symonds, 13 of Lyons spends 4 to 5 hours a day every day helping and playing with her brothers who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. She supports her parents by helping the boys with speech therapy, making school lunches, homework, showering and brushing teeth. Emma frequently has put her own activities to the side to support and help her siblings. In 2017, Emma won her school’s Australia Day Student Citizen of the Year Award.

Eloy Mason, 17 of Alawa provides up to 30 hours of care a week for his autistic brother Igen, also 17. Due to Eloy’s care, Igen enjoys a wide range of experiences and continually learns new skills. Despite Igen’s limited verbal capabilities, Eloy supports him to participate in a diverse range of activities including sport, drama and community performances. Eloy actively advocates understanding and acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.


PTTEP Australasia Health and Wellbeing Award
Alexandra Bruggisser, 29 of Milingimbi is a committed health professional who is passionate about improving health literacy. She works in remote communities where health outcomes are poor. She has covered 1,000’s of kilometres and engaged 100’s of people in her work as an Exercise Physiologist. Alexandra is active in sport, community and arts events. She has completed a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and been appointed Clinical Educator for Miwatj Aboriginal Health Corporation.

Michelle Kula, 24 of Gillen is a Youth Worker and Residential Support Worker at Ampe Akweke Place. She is a positive and strong role model for the young women she supports. Michelle believes cultural ties and awareness are essential to the running of the unit. She provides a direct link for the young women to local cultural services and supports. Michelle’s goal is to continue studies in Social Work.

Sacha King, 27 of Nightcliff holds Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Social Work. She has taught mental health education to over 500 workers and 3000 students. She uses innovative ways to engage youth, including African drumming, acting and music. She is a member of Lions and was a key initiator of the Lions Feeding the Homeless Van. Alexandra volunteers for several community organisations and is on the Amnesty International Darwin Action Group.


Zip Print Sport Award
Thomas Maxwell, 19 of Berrimah has just completed his rookie season in the Formula Renault Eurocup Championship. The championship is widely recognised as a development category for drivers on a pathway to Formula 1 racing. The highlight of his 2017 Eurocup season was racing at the prestigious Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. Thomas used his race car driver status to promote road safety in a St Johns Ambulance TV campaign.

Brooke Peris, 25 of Tiwi first represented Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and made her Olympic Hockeyroo debut in Rio in 2016. Now a senior member of the Hockeyroos, Brooke is a mentor for the young girls coming through the ranks. She holds AIS training camps for students and when she is home, coaching clinics for Territorian children. Her eyes are now firmly on the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2020 Olympics.

Joseph White, 20 of Stuart Park has competed at a local, national and international level for squash. He has recently relocated to Europe to begin training with the Strahoy Squash Academy. Joseph has two Northern Territory titles, is third place in the Australian Junior Championships and has received a silver medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Joseph finished top 8 at the World Junior Men’s Team championships.

Lisa Tiernan, 28 of Anula is the 2017 NT Disability Bowler of the Year and regularly competes against both disabled and able bodied bowlers. Lisa recently won a Bronze Team Medal at the Adult National Championships and is the 2016 Darwin Restricted Masters Champion. Lisa is a tireless advocate and role model to her peers; pursuing mainstream employment, educational qualifications and representing young people with Down syndrome.


Somerville Community Service Award
Jane Alia, 23 of Wagaman volunteers with the Melaleuca Refugee Centre. She mentors refugees and immigrants and encourages integration into the community. When not working as a nurse at Royal Darwin Hospital Jane advocates for refugee rights. She has chaired the NT Multicultural Council and represented Australia at South Africa’s World Youth Conference. Having helped many begin a new life in Darwin, she now works toward developing youth mentor programs and English classes.

Phoebe Hooper, 18 of Katherine pushes for inclusion and awareness for the LGBTQIA community. Volunteering for a variety of community programs from a young age, he recently started his own non-profit, ‘Keep Talking NT’. Phoebe often funds the organisation’s Rural Pride events himself, and has raised $1,000 for the Headspace facility opening in Katherine. Phoebe strives to expand Keep Talking NT’s activities to further the wellbeing of the wider community across the Territory.

Samuel Perryman, 18 of Millner fights for human rights in all its facets. Whilst finishing school he organised a fundraiser for the 2017 Darwin Melanoma March. Samuel volunteers for the Darwin Asylum Seeker stall at the Nightcliff Markets. He has organised a range of fundraising and awareness campaigns and raised money for the Act for Piece organisation. Samuel seeks to improve his advocacy for social causes by studying Communications at RMIT.