NORTHERN TERRITORY

Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

2018 Winners of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

 

The 2018 winners with Ms Ngaree Ah Kit MLA, Assistant Minister for Youth, Representing the Chief Minister

 

Overall Winner - Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year

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.

 

The 2018 Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year, Roger Wilyuka with Vicki O'Halloran, Northern Territory administrator

 

Charles Darwin University Arts Award

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.

 

Danzal Baker represented by Jeremiah

 

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. 

 

 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

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.

 

 Maggie McGowan represented by Katy Moir

 

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.

 

 

Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award

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

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.

 

 

NT Government Young Aboriginal Educator Award

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

NT Government Young Carers 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

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

 

 

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.

 

2018 Winner Thomas Maxwell represented by Jane Maxwell 

 

Somerville Community Service Award

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 well-being of the wider community across the Territory.