Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

Testimonials from the 2017 Award Category Winners

“It is an honour to be the recipient of such a prestigious award. The awards night gives us an opportunity reflect on our personal achievements, but more importantly give us the opportunity to look to our peers for motivation, inspiration and innovative ways to better our community, as well as to get together with family and friends and thank them for their support and encouragement over the years. I urge anyone who sees someone working positively for our community to nominate and lift others around you up.”

Aditi Srinivas
2017 Somerville Community Service Award Winner


“Since winning the Minister for Territory Families Excellence in Youth Leadership Award it has motivated and empowered me to keep reaching for the stars, to continue kicking goals and inspiring others about stepping up and taking on any challenges and opportunities that come our way. A highlight that I loved about winning this award, the Minister for Territory Families, allowed me to really emphasize the importance that our families play in our leadership journeys and as one of the eldest siblings in my family, this award can help me to inspire the younger generation to come through and follow our footsteps.”

Mark Munnich

2017 Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year and Winner of the Minister for Territory Families Excellence in Youth Leadership Award


"What a great honour it was to win The Coffee Club Fashion Award alongside some incredibly inspirational people at the 2017 NT Young Achiever Awards. It was a privilege to win such an award in its first year, and having this industry recognised in such a way demonstrates the growth of fashion in the Territory.
Thank you to the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards for enabling local youth to be recognised for the hard work and dedication they are putting into the local fashion sector. I very much look forward to seeing the finalists and award recipients in years to come."
Matilda Alegria

2017 The Coffee Club Fashion Award Winner


"To win the Young Indigenous Educator Award in 2017 has been an honour. I have felt overwhelmed with the support of my workplace, family, friends and wider community in the nomination and success of winning this award.
I feel that teaching is one of the most rewarding careers but it can also very challenging. To be recognised for the work you do in any field is an achievement and I feel both humbled and proud to have won an award for working hard in the job I love. Education is such an important part of my life and this experience has given me more confidence in being able to promote the importance of education and the possibilities of ongoing success in the territory."

Jade Sharp
2017 NT Government Young Indigenous Educator Award Winner



Testimonials from the 2017 Award Category Winners


“I was fortunate enough to be the 2016 Charles Darwin University Arts Award recipient. I am truly grateful to have been recognised for this award, especially after the years of hard work and dedication I have given toward my career as a dancer. Although, I would not be where I am today without my parents utmost support, they have sacrificed everything to allow me to follow my dream. With the help of this award it has definitely provided relief for my family, going toward my course fees at the Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional year. This award has provided me with faith that sheer determination and hard work will get you anywhere.”

Hayley Kelly
2016 Charles Darwin University Arts Award Winner


“Winning the ConocoPhillips Environment Award was a huge achievement for me. I felt like all the hard work and my passion to help shorebirds was recognised and supported. It was a lovely feeling knowing that the local community and other young achievers were there to support each other and celebrate the wonderful successes we’ve all had. Not only was it a great experience to accept the award, but it has also helped me financially and I will list the award on my CV. I will never forget how I felt when I heard my name called as the winner and then walking up on stage – it was such a nice moment.”

Amanda Lilleyman
2016 ConocoPhillips Environment Award Winner

"It was a total surprise for me to find out I had been announced as the winner of the 2016 Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award, I was not expecting it at all, as I feel that there are many more people who have contributed much more to the development and progression of the Northern territory than me. I felt incredibly honoured to be recognised for my contributions, but at the same time I know there are many people contributing in their own way, and I hope that they too can get the same recognition in the near future."

Ryan Gaskon
2016 Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award Winner