NORTHERN TERRITORY

Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

2019 Winners of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

 

The 2019 winners with Ms Ngaree Ah Kit MLA, Assistant Minister for Education and Workforce Training and Minister Lawler - Khayla Lee Photography

 

Overall Winner - Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year
Rikki Bruce, 28 of Stuart Park is proud to represent Aboriginal people in engineering. She completed her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at CDU and was awarded eight scholarships. In 2016, Rikki became the NT Indigenous Representative for Young Engineers Australia. She uses this position to help engage Indigenous people to consider engineering as a career path. Rikki was involved with the CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program and the Department of Health and Education’s Young Mothers are Strong Mothers project. A former Aboriginal Student Ambassador, she aspires to be a role model for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

 

Rikki Bruce, presented by Kym Menzies, General Manager - Seven Darwin

 

Somerville Community Service Award
Nicole Civitarese, 25 of Tennant Creek is dedicated to serving her community through volunteer work. She works as Secretary for the Tennant Creek RSL Sub Branch. For four years, Nicole has volunteered for the Country Women’s Association and donates her time to many other community organisations and events. She has also volunteered for St John Ambulance NT for 10 years, and provided first aid service for many community events. In 2018, she won the “Best Individual in a Government Department” category in the Chamber of Commerce Tennant Creek Customer Service award. Nicole goes the extra mile and is greatly respected by her colleagues.

 

Nicole Civitarese, presented by Lawson Broad, CEO - Somerville Community Services Inc.

 

Zip Print Sports Award
Shadeene Evans, 17 of Borroloola is the first from her remote NT community to earn a John Moriarty Football scholarship. She was awarded MVP at the 2017 Pacific School Girl Games. She also competed in the 2018 Dallas International Cup. Shadeene trained as a member of the Football NSW Elite Development Squad. She debuted for the Young Matildas in their game against Thailand, and has signed a scholarship contract with Sydney FC. Shadeene also hopes to earn a degree in nursing in the future. She is a mentor and role model to the children in Borroloola and Robinson River.

Shadeene Evans, presented by Mark Teakle, Managing Director - Zip Print

 

NT Government Young Aboriginal Educator Award
Matthew Axten, 26 of Alice Springs is an Arrernte man, committed to making a real difference in the lives of students at Gillen School. He has been proactive in understanding and implementing key concepts of School Wide Positive Behaviour Support. He has worked to innovate Literacy and Numeracy Centres based on student data to target specific learning needs. Matthew utilises value-based practice to cultivate a strong community of students. He also takes on leadership roles among school staff. Matthew has a strong sporting background and is a senior player at Federal Football Club, where he instils a culture of respect and sportsmanship.

 

Matthew Axten, presented by Ms Ngaree Ah Kit MLA, Assistant Minister for Education and Workforce Training, Representing Minister Uibo

 

Minister for Territory Families Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
Philamena McKenzie, 22 of Stuart Park demonstrates brilliance in youth leadership. As a member of the Indigenous Community of Maningrida, she is passionate about supporting local youth. She works at Great Youths Services to deliver programs supporting the health, education, wellbeing and leadership skills of young remote Indigenous youth. Philamena is a non-clinical sexual health educator, coordinator of the Gin-Derta Strong Young Women’s Program and the Youth Leadership Committee, and senior youth worker. She was also a co-director at the Lurra Festival. To broaden her knowledge and experience, Philamena participated in a 3-month self-funded volunteer program at an orphanage in Fiji.

 

Philamena McKenzie, presented by The Hon Eva Lawler, Member for Drysdale, Representing Minister Wakefield

 

Genesee & Wyoming Australia Indigenous Achievement Award
Rikki Bruce, 28 of Stuart Park is proud to represent Aboriginal people in engineering. She completed her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at CDU and was awarded eight scholarships. In 2016, Rikki became the NT Indigenous Representative for Young Engineers Australia. She uses this position to help engage Indigenous people to consider engineering as a career path. Rikki was involved with the CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program and the Department of Health and Education’s Young Mothers are Strong Mothers project. A former Aboriginal Student Ambassador, she aspires to be a role model for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

 

Rikki Bruce, presented by Shane Hennessy, Operations Manager (SA/NT) - Genesee & Wyoming Australia

 

NT Government Small Business Achievement Award
Brogan Hanrahan, 25 of Katherine is a self-taught entrepreneur. Seeing a gap in the Katherine market, she has built a coffee culture and a space where community can meet and engage. She founded The Black Russian Caravan Bar after years of research on the idea of introducing specialty coffee in Katherine. Following its success, she established Maiden’s Lane which caters to both locals and tourists. Brogan has provided 20 jobs to local workers, some of whom are now qualified baristas. Despite working as much as 16 hours a day, Brogan is happy achieve to be achieving her goal.

 

Brogan Hanrahan, presented by The Hon Eva Lawler, Member for Drysdale, Representing the Chief Minister

 

NT Government Young Carer's Award
Lily Websdale, 15 of Parap assists her mum in taking care of her three brothers and twin sisters. Her mum, a single parent has experienced trauma through domestic violence, is sometimes unwell. Lily bathes and feeds her siblings and assists her brother Khai who has Autism Spectrum Disorder on a daily basis. Lily has been able to improve her school attendance as her Mum’s health improves and she is now looking to complete Year 11 in 2019. Lily aims to work really hard to catch up on school work and is interested in studying design.

 

Lily Websdale represented by Bianca Websdale, presented by Ms Ngaree Ah Kit MLA, Assistant Minister for Education and Workforce Training, Representing Minister Fyles

 

Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award
Metui Tongatua, 28 of Ramingining is promoting the regional community through active student participation in sporting events. Metui has a double Degree in Teaching and Applied Science and is a health and physical education teacher in North-East Arnhem Land. He has secured over $300,000 worth of funding from agencies such as the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, Athletics Australia, and East-Arnhem Regional Council. Metui has also taken coaching and umpiring courses in various sports preferred by the communities he work with. Metui was adopted by Burarrwanga family from Galinwin’ku. He also maintains a strong relationship with the Yolngu people.

 

Metui Tongatua, presented by Sam Strohmayr, General Manager - McArthur River Mining

 

ConocoPhillips Environment Award
Georgia Koch, 18 of Bakewell is an advocate for the environment. She was selected as the environmental minister of her school, Good Shepherd Lutheran College. As environmental minister, she initiated rubbish clean-up programs to help educate the community on issues involving single-use plastics. The programs’ success inspired Georgia to start the College’s first recycling program. In 2018, she was selected to go to the United Nations Youth National Conference in Adelaide and the UN National Evatt competition in Hobart. Georgia was also recognised as the 2015 and 2016 NT Junior Surf Lifesaving Athlete of the Year.

 

Georgia Koch, presented by Dan Thompson, Environmental Supervisor - ConocoPhillips Australia

 

Colemans Contracting & Earthmoving Agriculture Award
Roley James, 26 of Katherine combines his passion for the agricultural industry, love for aviation, and keen interest in business management. He held a management role in the family business when he was 16 and at 20, started a business supplying high quality products at wholesale prices to the agricultural industry. He was the first to bring ultralight aviation to the NT cattle industry, reducing the cost of management and mustering livestock substantially. Roley holds a Private Pilot’s License and a Diploma of Agribusiness Management. He was the first station assistant manager in NT to build his own plane.

 

Roley James, presented by Lloyd Coleman, Managing Director - Colemans Contracting & Earthmoving 

 

Charles Darwin University Arts Award
Dylan River, 26 of Alice Springs is a talented filmmaker whose stories resonate with the land, peoples and cultures of the Northern Territory. Having no access to a film school and to the technical requirements of filmmaking did not hinder Dylan. He travelled willingly to learn extensively, bringing back his learnings to share with his peers. His works have been screened in film fests including the Darwin International Film Festival. His work, “Nulla Nulla,” was screened in Berlin, Germany and Toronto, Canada. Dylan continues to improve his craft by attending workshops and being mentored by experienced colleagues.

 

Dylan River represented by Ali Nur, presented by Professor Simon Maddocks, Vice-Chancellor and President - Charles Darwin University

 

McDonalds NT Career Achievement Award
Ben Christie, 28 of Muirhead is passionate about improving the health and wealth being of Territorians. A project officer at Menzies School of Health Research, he handles projects on health literacy, indigenous health, alcohol, drugs, and social wellbeing. He previously worked as Life Skills Development Worker at the Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services. In university, he received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Ben volunteers his time and leadership skills as the NT coordinator for Shout Out: Youth Mental Health Initiative. He is also the NT Branch President of the Australian Health Promotion Association.

 

Ben Christie, presented by Vicki Lettice, McDonalds Licensee in Darwin and Katherine