Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

2016 Winners of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

The 2016 category winners on stage together at the Gala Presentation Dinner 


Overall Winner - Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year

Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year - Kate Axten


AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award

Philadelphia Hughes, 27 of Marrara started working as a Telesales Consultant, was promoted to Business Development Representative and then decided to study. On completion of her Certificate IV in Frontline Management, she was awarded Most Outstanding Student. Philadelphia undertook an Indigenous Cadetship and has completed her first year Bachelor of Psychological Science degree. She won the National Training Awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and is now the Australian Ambassador. Philadelphia volunteers as a Lifeline Crisis Support Counsellor and the University Aboriginal Student Ambassador.

Business Partnership Manager for AustralianSuper, Darryl Florance presented Philadelphia Hughes with the Career Kick Start Award

Charles Darwin University Arts Award

Hayley Kelly, 18 of Anula is the first Northern Territory person to receive a 100% score in the Advanced 1 Ballet examinations and only the 5th in Australasia. She has performed multiple times with The Darwin School of Ballet and The Beat Festival. She performed in two special Darwin productions about the effect bullying, alcohol and drugs has on teenagers. Hayley is currently completing a Diploma in Dance and has just been accepted into the ‘Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year, where she will undergo a year of full time training.

Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, Professor Simon Maddocks presented Hayley Kelly with the Arts Award


ConocoPhillips Environment Award

Amanda Lilleyman, 28 of Darwin is studying migratory shorebird ecology in Darwin Harbour for her PhD research. Considered a local expert on shorebirds, she is often contacted by the media for opinion pieces and research publications. Amanda coordinated a team of shorebird researchers to help catch, band and track shorebirds in Darwin Harbour for the fieldwork data collection stage of her PhD project. She successfully organised the 9th Australasian Shorebird Conference in Darwin with an attendance of 120 delegates. Amanda was the recipient of the 2013 ANZ Holsworth Wildlife Research Award.

Leon Smit from ConocoPhillips Australia presented Amanda Lilleyman with the Environment Award

Genesee & Wyoming Australia Indigenous Achievement Award

Jerome Gilbert, 23 of Nauiyu works as an Aboriginal Community Worker at Nauiyu Health Centre and has a Certificate 3 in Community Services. In 2015, at the Chief Ministers Youth Round Table, they discussed Jerome's project for targeting bullying and suicide prevention. Jerome held meetings, brainstorming with young people about bullying and how it can lead to suicide. Working with NT Health Dept, Anglicare, Red Dust and Carers NT, Jerome held a healing camp on Tipperary Station. A Safetalk teaching session about suicide was held and a video was produced.


Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award

Ryan Gaskon, 18 of Alice Springs is a YMCA climbing instructor and enjoys passing on his knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to younger climbers. Ryan co-ordinates and participates in recreational climbing events with his local climbing club. He was involved in the initial developments of the Red Centre Nats, now a fixed annual event increasing tourism to the community and boosting the economy. After completing tertiary studies, Ryan hopes to return to Alice Springs and work in the Adventure Tourism industry showcasing the Northern Territory to national and international tourists.

General Manager of McArthur River Mining, Sam Strohmayr presented Coralanne, with the Rural Initiative Award, representing Ryan Gaskon 


Minister for Young Territorians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award

Sarah McLaughlin, 21 of Durak has been a member of St John Ambulance NT for the past thirteen years. She creates a full training program and social calendar each year for the Casuarina Cadet Division. Sarah led a St John Ambulance team on a health care and first-aid project in East Timor in 2015, and was the youngest team member. Sarah has a passion to improve health and wellbeing in Aboriginal Communities, and is currently researching and planning a proposal to put to the St John Board.

The Honourable Nathan Barrett MLA, Minister for Young Territorians presented Sarah McLaughlin with the Youth Leadership Award 

PTTEP Australasia Health and Wellbeing Award

Rebecca Ellison, 27 of Alawa studied Sport and Exercise Science while competing in cycling and triathlons, but turned to women's health after the birth of her son. She has since studied teaching and nutrition and is currently studying Herbal Medicine. Rebecca is President of the Childbirth Education Association where she aims to improve the confidence of pregnant women and mothers. Rebecca started a business, 'Nourished Strong', a holistic women's and infant's health consultancy, focusing on a natural approach to fertility, pregnancy and infancy through nutrition, body awareness and gentle parenting.

General Counsel for PTTEP Australasia, Gavin Ryan presented Rebecca Ellison with the Health and Wellbeing Award


Somerville Community Service Award

Alicia Kent, 22 of Karama volunteers roles with Headspace, ShoutOut, YEAH and City of Darwin Youth Advisory Group, where she participated in the CEO Sleepout raising money for homelessness. Alicia initiated a Midnight Basketball donation drive, collecting brand new socks, drink bottles and second hand shoes for young people who couldn’t afford them. She was successful asked Coles to donate fruit for 80 people every Saturday for 7 weeks. She is passionate about youth and mental health work and is currently undertaking a Diploma of Youth Work.

Chief Executive Officer at Somervillw Community Services, Vicki O'Halloran presented Alicia Kent with the Community Service Award


NT Government Small Business Achievement Award

Trevor Oliver, 28 of Ludmilla launched Territory Laundry Services in 2014, providing commercial laundering for hotels and restaurants. Trevor supports and sponsors various not for profit organisations, such as the ‘Taminmin Fishos’. This program encourages “at risk” youth or those who have experienced alcohol or drug misuse to get outdoors and experience nature. His business also sponsors the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Young Diggers. In twelve months Trevor’s business has grown from two staff members, to twelve during the peak season. Trevor is studying to be a Certified Practicing Accountant.

The Honourable Peter Styles MLA, Minister for Business presented Trevor Oliver with the Small Business Award


NT Government Young Carer's Award

Bethany Bre-Ann O'Shea, 17 of Driver has, for several years been a carer for her Mum who suffers from mental illness and diabetes. Bethany has taken full responsibility to give her mother the best care possible. She cares for her little sister, who also has diabetes. Bethany is the current Northern Territory Representative for ‘Young Carers’, and the 2016 recipient of the NT Division of the Young Carer Award. During school holidays, Bethany assists Carers NT by taking young carers on outings to provide some respite from their caring role.

The Honourable Nathan Barrett MLA, Minister for Young  Territorians presented Bethany Bre-Ann O'Shea with the Young Carer's Award


NT Government Young Indigenous Educator Award

Kate Axten, 26 of Alice Springs joined Centralian Middle School in 2014 as a graduate Year 7 teacher. She has coached the local and school basketball teams and is currently player and assistant coach of the Yirara girls’ soccer team. Kate was selected among 10 other Indigenous Australians for the Classic Wallabies Exchange to South Africa, a volunteer leadership program for Indigenous youth. Kate received a 2015 NAIDOC Award for Female 25 and over and she plans to undertake a Master’s Degree in Education.

The Honourable Peter Chandler MLA, Minister for Education presented Kate Axten with the Young Indigenous Educator Award


Zip Print Sports Award

Abby Cubillo, 16 of Karama started playing basketball in 2007 and has since played in 5 National Championships and captained the Under 18 team in 2015. Abby was selected as the only Northern Territory representative in the Australian National U17 Sapphires Team, competing in the 2016 FIBA Oceania Qualifying Tournament. Her short term goal is to settle into the AIS and gain selection in the Australian U17 Sapphires Team to compete in the 2016 World Championships in Spain. Her long term goal is to advance to the WNBL.

Managing Director of Zip Print, Mark Teakle presented Abby Cubillo with the Sports Award