NORTHERN TERRITORY

Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

2022 Winners of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

The 2022 Northern Territory Young Achiever Award Winners

Overall Winner - 2022 Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year

Jahdai Vigona, 20 of Driver is passionate about giving back to community and strengthening the social and emotional health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He has worked on several projects related to mental health, youth, gambling and alcohol and other drugs. Jahdai has presented at the International Men’s Day Youth Forum, participated in the Consumer Health Forum and facilitated the 2021 NT Youth Health Summit. Jahdai is an appointed member of the NT Youth Round Table and in 2021 he received the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award.

The Hon Lauren Moss MLA, Minister for Education, with Jahdai Vigona

 

Spirit Super Create Change Award

Paige Horrigan, 18 of Palmerston helps plan innovative events, including the first Pride event in Palmerston history. They have also managed spaces dedicated to supporting the youth and LGBTQI+ people. They worked with organisations like Rainbow Territory and helped fight against discriminatory legislation. Paige has taken Stage 2 Legal Studies and has written external inquiry on the rights of LGBTQ+ people in the Australian legal system. They aim to create greater awareness and change surrounding gender and sexual diversity.

Presnented on behalf of Spirit Super - Julian Barry, Barrister & Solicitor, Darwin Family Law, with Paige Horrigan

 

Somerville Community Service Award

Maythan Long, 26 of Daguragu is encouraging positive changes for his people. Maythan works as a male engagement officer at the Kalkarindji and Daguragu Child and Family Centre. He uses his love of sports to design sports programs for families and children, his passion to design cultural wellbeing workshops and his self-determination towards closing the gap. Maythan currently studies Certificate III in Community Services.

 

Laura Shellie, Project Director (Infrastructure and Assets) Somerville Community Services, with Maythan Long

 

NT Government Small Business Achievement Award

Jeremy Lassemillante, 28 of Rosebery founded E3 Productions, a local events management and production company, in 2015. It is now a touring level organisation, dealing with national and international acts. E3 is the official production partner of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and the in-house audio-visual supplier of DoubleTree Hilton Hotels in NT. They strive to be an employer of choice and provide career pathways to students.

 

The Hon Paul Kirby MLA, Minister for Small Business, with Jeremy Lassemillante 

 

Mindil Beach Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Award

Anneliese Grazioli, 27 of Stuart Park began in the hospitality industry as a food and beverage trainee and progressed to leading teams at Hot Tamale and Snapper Rocks in Darwin. In 2015, she developed a passion for bartending and the bar industry. Anneliese has since taken a leadership role in the Darwin Bartending Group and Territory Bartending in general. She was recently recognised in the Drinks World T25 Bartenders, and has just opened her own cocktail bar, Hanky Panky Lounge.

Anneliese Grazioli

 

Zip Print Sport Award

Emma Stark, 15 of Wagaman plays in the U18 Girls Saint Mary’s football side and umpires at Men’s Premier League level in the NT Football League. She is part of the NT Thunder Academy and 2022 Cazaly’s NTFL representative squad. Emma also plays and officiates netball and AFL. In December 2021, Emma finished Year 10 and received five academic excellence awards and the O’Loughlin Sports Award.

Mark Teakle, Managing Director, Fats Printing Group, with Emma Stark

 

One Rail Australia Indigenous Achievement Award

Jahdai Vigona, 20 of Driver is passionate about giving back to community and strengthening the social and emotional health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He has worked on several projects related to mental health, youth, gambling and alcohol and other drugs. Jahdai has presented at the International Men’s Day Youth Forum, participated in the Consumer Health Forum and facilitated the 2021 NT Youth Health Summit. Jahdai is an appointed member of the NT Youth Round Table and in 2021 he received the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award.

Shane Hennessy, Operations Manager – One Rail Australia with Jahdai Vigona

 

NT Government Young Aboriginal Educator Award

Crystal-Rose Furber-Swan, 19 of Alice Springs has been working at Alice Springs Language Centre for three years as an Arrernte teacher. She teaches the Arrernte language, the local Aboriginal Language in Alice Springs, to over 530 children each week. Crystal-Rose also contributed to reviving Pertame, a severely endangered language, in her community. She has been involved with Arrernte workshops with elders and has helped organise NAIDOC celebrations.

The Hon Lauren Moss MLA, Minister for Education, with Crystal-Rose Furber-Swan

 

Colemans Contracting & Earthmoving Agriculture Award

Kari Moffat, 27 of Woolner is an Animal Welfare Assurance Manager for AUSTREX. She is a founding member and Chair of the Young Livestock Exporters Network. She is an Executive with the Queensland Livestock Exporters Association. In 2014, Kari became Head Stockwomen aboard a live export vessel destined for Indonesia, overseeing 15 voyages. In 2021, Kari was named ‘Nutrien Livestock Exporter Young Achiever of the Year’.

 Patrick Coleman, Operations Manager, Colemans Contracting & Earthmoving, with Kari Moffat

 

NT Government Young Carers Award

Natasha Evans, 25 of Gunn is a full-time family carer and believes if young people are given a safe creative space to be themselves, then anything is possible. She is an advocate for challenging youth issues in her community, and has been involved in starting a youth leadership group, running youth arts camps, was a youth ambassador for the Barkly region in 2016 and participated in the 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliament in Canberra.

 

 The Hon Kate Worden MLA, Minister for Disabilities, with Natasha Evans

 

Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award

Alfred Farrell, 23 of Rockhole is a Regional Support Officer at the Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet. He is also a qualified interpreter. He played a key role in the Covid-19 response in Katherine by engaging with Aboriginal Territorians and interpreting key Covid-19 messaging throughout the year. He undertook training to be eligible to support testing and worked in the Binjari and Rockhole communities.

 

 Adam Hatfield, Acting General Manager, McArthur River Mining, with Alfred Farrell

 

Charles Darwin University Innovation Award

Tisha Tejaya, 25 of Stuart Park founded Cultivation, an initiative that uses art, stories and technology to bridge cultural, language and generational gaps. Since 2020, Tisha has self-published the ‘Parap & Rapid Creek Market Pocketbook’ now in its second edition. The pocketbook contains botanical illustrations, produce profiles, migrant and refugee anecdotes and recipe ideas. Tisha received funding from the NT Regional Arts Funds and is donating 500 copies of the pocketbook to the Territory community.

 

Professor Fiona Coulson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Strategy), Charles Darwin University, with Tisha Tejaya

 

McDonalds NT Career Achievement Award

Tamika Galea, 28 of Nhulunbuy is a forensic psychologist who works as general manager of Outlook Psychology Practice. She started in 2019 as a general psychologist/forensic registrar and was promoted to Clinical Lead before becoming the General Manager in August 2021. Tamika previously worked at Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, providing psychological services to vulnerable young people. She has completed Psychology Honours and Masters of Psychology (Forensic).

 

Rhys Kevern, General Manager, McDonalds NT, with Tamika Galea

 

Minister for Youth Excellence in Youth Leadership Award

Sizol Fuyana, 21 of Palmerston overcame her own adversities and mental health issues, and founded Fuyana Support, a youth-oriented consultancy firm that provides social and emotional wellbeing to young people through building connections. She has successfully designed and rolled out programs across the territory to support young people coming out of the justice system. Sizol was Chair of the 2021 NT Youth Round Table, helped launch the NT Education Engagement Strategy and sat on the Expert Advisory Panel. She currently studies Law and Psychology at Charles Darwin University and was named the 2022 NT Young Australian of the Year.

 

The Hon Lauren Moss MLA, Minister for Youth, with Sizol Fuyana