NORTHERN TERRITORY

Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

2020 Winners of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

 

Overall Winner - Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year

Dr Claire Chandler, 28 of Larapinta has a passion for indigenous health. Claire is a doctor who studied at the Territory’s own medical school. While others have left, Claire decided to stay in Alice Springs, pursue paediatric medicine, and find opportunities to encourage young doctors to become skilled. She works at Alice Springs Hospital, the sole doctor who resuscitates newborn babies and the only paediatric doctor on overnight. Claire conducts free swing dancing lessons and runs mock clinical exams for medical students. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree from Flinders University NT Campus and has a paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

 

Somerville Community Service Award
Phoenix Riggs, 16 of Wanguri is helping every child learn to swim. Phoenix is a Volunteer Lifesaver who has accumulated the second-highest hours of all the male club members by the time he was 14 years old. He has engaged in Water Safety, Education and Training for the Darwin Surf Lifesaving Club and has a Surf Rescue Certificate. He actively assists in the Nipper Program, a highly social physical activity and education program for children 6 to 14 years old. He has volunteered at the Fannie Bay Swim and Seabreeze Festival. In 2019, he helped organise ‘The Big Bike Ride’, a fundraiser for Motor Neurone disease.

 

Zip Print Sports Award
Dana Carroll, 16 of Woodroffe is a gifted athlete and survivor. Dana was 8 years old when she received a kidney transplant. This did not prevent Dana from becoming a multi-class swimmer. She is an Australian representative and previous representative of NT. She holds four World Transplant Records and 41 swimming records in Australia. In 2019, she competed in the World Transplant Games and the Arafura Games. She volunteers as assistant coach for junior squads and has a Pool Life Guard certification. In 2018, Dana represented NT in the Apex Australia National Teen Fashion Awards where she won runner-up in the Formal Wear category.

 

NT Government Young Aboriginal Educator Award
Jack Gumbula, 25 of Ramingining is spreading his message of hope to Aboriginal youth. Jack is an assistant teacher in the Work Readiness class at Ramingining School. He uses his strong connection to culture and passion for music to engage students in activities relevant to them as young Aboriginals, whilst teaching the importance of regular school attendance. He constructed a Raypirri shelter where students can learn to use hand and power tool and building materials. His class won most improved attendance and was featured on VampTV and NT Education Department’s eNews publication. Jack values Aboriginal culture and encourages students to express themselves in their mother tongue.

 

Minister for Youth Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
Sinead Redmond, 29 of Durack is determined to motivate and empower and actively volunteers for various organisations. Sinead is a fully qualified Civil Engineer who currently works as a Project Manager Team Lead for an international engineering consultancy based in Darwin. She is chairperson of Young Engineers Australia, Learned Society Advisory Committee, and FutureNet. She is deputy chair of Engineers Australia’s Northern Committee, and a member of Consult Australia. Sinead developed the very first Family Fun Day for people in the built industry and their families. In 2017 and 2018, Sinead successfully coordinated the International Women’s Day Breakfast, featuring female leaders and male champions for change.

 

 

One Rail Australia Indigenous Achievement Award
Eytahnyia Scott, 20 of Moil aspires to develop positive outcomes for Aboriginal youth and families. Eytahnyia is a proud Aboriginal woman who works as Project Development Officer & Social & Emotional Wellbeing Team Leader at Larrakia Nation. She oversees the planning and structuring of activities in partnerships with funding providers and schools. She has delivered community youth and family focused activities for Aboriginal children and families programs. Eytahnyia is a member of the Palmerston Youth Action Group as part of the Grow Well Live Well Youth Action Plan for 2020 and has been nominated to be the Female Youth Ambassador 2020 for the top end.

 

 

NT Government Small Business Achievement Award
Jazz Walia, 28 of Lyons is committed to offering quality food. Jazz owns three restaurants, Fresh Point Co Café, Palates of India and Flank Bar & Grill, which employ 20 local staff. He opened Fresh Point Co Café and Supermarket in 2017 but while the café was successful, the supermarket struggled. It forced Jazz to convert the market to Palates of India, which became a huge success. As an Indian-born immigrant, Jazz is committed to giving back. He sponsors a range of multicultural activities, local athletes, clubs and musicians. Jazz helps the community by using local produce and hiring local businesses and tradespeople for repair.

 

 

NT Government Young Carer's Award
Ebony Cubillo, 11 of Woodroffe has unconditional love and concern for her older sister. Ebony dedicates her time and energy in caring for her sister who has Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) that often leads to meltdowns and outbursts. Ebony helps with daily tasks such as her sister’s grooming, preparing meals, administering medicines, and monitoring her health, wellbeing and attitude, amongst others. She sacrifices her personal time to chaperone her sister at social events and advocates for FASD by correcting and informing family, friends and community members who come in contact with her sister. Ebony is a member of CREATE Foundation and Student Voice Positive Choice.

 

 

Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award
Dr Claire Chandler, 28 of Larapinta has a passion for indigenous health. Claire is a doctor who studied at the Territory’s own medical school. While others have left, Claire decided to stay in Alice Springs, pursue paediatric medicine, and find opportunities to encourage young doctors to become skilled. She works at Alice Springs Hospital, the sole doctor who resuscitates newborn babies and the only paediatric doctor on overnight. Claire conducts free swing dancing lessons and runs mock clinical exams for medical students. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree from Flinders University NT Campus and has a paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

 

 

Santos Environment Award
Juliet Saltmarsh, 28 of Rapid Creek is passionate about raising awareness of environmental issues in the Territory. Juliet works as a Volunteer Engagement Officer and Better Earth team leader at Conservation Volunteers Australia. She conducts information sessions, presentations and speeches to schools, organisations and communities. She has engaged over 500 people in conservation projects around Darwin, including wildlife habitat restoration and invasive species management. Juliet organises community awareness events and has hosted events such as ‘The Secret Life of the Atlas Moth’, Clean-Up Australia Day and Darwin Harbour Clean-up. Juliet was a finalist in the 2016 Territory Natural Resource Management Volunteer Award and the 2015 Premiers Sustainability Award.

 

 

Colemans Contracting & Earthmoving Agriculture Award
Maddison Clonan, 27 of Stuart Park is passionate about horticulture development. She has helped strengthen the production, marketability and sustainability of horticultural products. Maddison led the development of the Department of Primary Industry and Resources’ Young Leaders Group. She launched the Researchers in Agriculture for International Development networking group in the NT, to share knowledge and opportunities, build research capacity and communicate the value of agriculture. Maddison received the Crawford Fund Travel Scholarship Award and travelled to Cambodia to conduct agricultural research. She graduated from a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture in 2018. In 2019, she received the Chief Minister’s Top End Youth Volunteer of the Year Award.

 

 

Charles Darwin University Innovation Award
Joel Benesha, 22 of Driver is passionate about giving back. Joel is the Director of Benesha Robotics and a software engineer at Corrosion Instruments. He has developed a smartwatch prototype that uses the Telstra 4G sim network and several sensors to give feedback for doctors to best aid remote patients. The innovation will help address the Territory’s problem with remote health. He also built a humanoid robot that can pick up objects, talk and walk. Joel gives back to the community by running technology/robotic workshops for remote indigenous communities. An ambassador for Charles Darwin University, he received eight scholarships and will soon undertake his PhD.

 

 

McDonalds NT Career Achievement Award
Olivia Shields, 28 of Alice Springs has achieved her career goals at a young age. She completed her Nursing degree in New Zealand and worked as Registered Nurse for four years, then moved to Alice Springs on a 6-month contract and eventually became a permanent employee. Olivia has climbed her way up from Nurse 2 to Nurse 5. As Clinical Nurse Manager at the Alice Springs Hospital’s Oncology and Day Infusions unit, she continues to seek innovative ideas to improve service. An active volunteer, Olivia hosted the Biggest Morning Tea and raised over $700 for the Cancer Council and is organising a 2020 Relay for Life event.