NORTHERN TERRITORY

Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

2015 Winners of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

 

The Minister for Young Territrians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award

Jessica Sullivan, 20 of STUART PARK (represented by Rohan Sullivan) joined the Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians. Her aim was to help rectify the disparity between mental and health services available to remote youth compared to those in urban areas. Jessica is a strong believer that sport can be a catalyst for social and emotional confidence not only young people, but also for girls and women of all ages. Employed by AFLNT, she runs AFL clinics in remote community schools, including the Top End. Jessica also coordinated and ran “Base Camp Believe”, a four day camp for disadvantaged and at risk youth

 

The AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award

Rhiannon Moore, 23 of PALMERSTON completed her Bachelor of Applied Science and was granted a nationally competitive Australian Postgraduate Award to assist in her PhD project on crocodile skin quality issues. She is working at the Centre for Crocodile Research and is regarded as the Australian and worldwide expert on crocodile skin quality issues. Rhiannon was awarded the Department of Agriculture Science and Innovation Award for young people in agriculture, and has showcased her research at national and international conferences. She has received an APA scholarship and a Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Award to assist with her research

 

The PTTEP Australasia Health and Wellbeing Award

CHERISSE BUZZACOTT, 27 of ALICE SPRINGS is an Arrernte woman and a Registered Midwife. She works with Congress Alukura, a health and birthing centre led by the Aunties, for Aboriginal women living in remote communities. Cherisse supports and provides advocacy for other Indigenous women and feels that she can play a part in helping address child mortality rates in Indigenous communities. She was the first recipient of the Felicity Bundock Award and was one of the Australian representatives at the 2012 Franciscan International’s Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on Indigenous People’s Human Rights and Advocacy

 

 

The Somerville Community Services Award 

TENNEIL ROSS, 19 of  BELLAMACK is passionate about improving the care system in the Northern Territory and devotes her time to volunteering with the CREATE Foundation. CREATE provides advocacy for young people in care, and through her work Tenneil trains case managers and foster carers about supporting young people in care. After having been through the care system herself, she understands the issues felt and experienced by young people and strives to be a positive role model. She is involved in many aspects of the CREATE foundation, such as Child Protection week, the Club CREATE magazine and the CREATE Speak Up program

 


The Northern Territory Government Young Carers Award 

JACKSON THOMAS, 15 of MALAK cares for his eldest sister who is waiting for a heart transplant, his Mum who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and also provides emotional support for his other autistic sister who lives in a group home. He helps his mother with shopping and assists his eldest sister with chores around the home. He has been involved with a turtle release program with the Parks and Wildlife Department and volunteered at Crocodylas Park. Jackson is an active member of the 1st Darwin Sea Scouts, helping with fund raising, beach cleanups and the Patch community garden

 

 

The ConocoPhillips Environment Award

CLAYTON NAMATJIRA, 28 of TENNANT CREEK has worked for the Central Land Council as a Muru Warinyi Ankkul Ranger for the past four years. Appointed Senior Ranger last year, Clayton supervises a team of 10 people. The team manages ecological assets and cultural and community priorities that benefit the whole community with a holistic approach to Cultural and Natural Resource Management. Clayton inspires the next generation by hosting work experience and other school students in the workplace. He facilitates discussions about threats to the land with the Traditional Owners and helps manage community projects across Aboriginal lands

 

 

The Northern Territory Government Small Business Achievement Award

MATT KING, 26 of KARAMA transitioned from elite cyclist, representing Australia on the European stage, to a successful small business owner. At the age of 23, he opened his first bike shop, Blue Cycles, and in just over two years has established another two shops. The Blue Cycles brand is all about Bike+Coffee+Culture emphasizing the social aspect of cycling. Matt has installed coffee shops in all three stores. He is on the Northern Territory’s peak body cycling committee, Northern Territory Cycling and supports road, mountain, triathlon and BMX sporting clubs providing a race day crew at triathlon events

 

The Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award and the 2015 Young Achiever of the Year Winner

PRITIKA DESAI, 24 of LYONS has completed a Bachelor of Science, Zoology and works as an Education Officer for Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities. Her work involves educating people in remote Indigenous communities about responsible pet ownership. Pritika works with schools and local community members and has attended and spoken on Animal Health at many conferences. She also developed a project called Shout Out, a program focusing on youth mental health. Pritika was one of two mentors for the Kaleidoscope 2014 Youth Leadership Summit and is a mentor for many young people

 

The Charles Darwin University Arts Award

ISHMAEL MARIKA, 23 of YIRRKALA is a Yolngu man from Northeast Arnhem land. He is an inspiring young director, filmmaker and digital artist. Ishmael has exhibited as one of Australia’s top young artists in the 2014 Primavera exhibition, Garma festival and Darwin International film Festival. Working with The Mulka Project since 2010, Ishmael, as an individual director, has produced three significant feature films and worked on numerous Yolngu cultural productions. He is also a visual artist and was selected as a finalist in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards. Ishmael is a community leader in ceremony, football and governance 

 

The NT Government Young Indigenous Educator Award

HAYDON STAINES, 24 of PALMERSTON is a Year 4 teacher at Nightcliff Primary School and in only his second year of teaching shows great potential as a future leader. He continuously looks for ways to enhance student learning by using technology and developing new strategies. An active member of the NT Indigenous Curriculum Advisory Network, Haydon gives feedback and assists with the design of teaching modules to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum. He successfully planned and coordinated the Year 4 Katherine camp for 65 students and was commended for his excellent management and organisational skills

 

THE ZIP Print Sports Award

TOM O'NEILL-THORNE, 18 of PARAP was born with Arthrogryposis, a congenital condition affecting his legs and confining him to a wheelchair. Tom has played wheelchair basketball in the Darwin Basketball Association competition since 2006. Completing his level 1 referees course has enabled also him to referee both wheelchair and able bodied basketball. Tom was selected in the 2013 Australian Under 23 team, winning Bronze in the World Championships. In 2014 he played with the Australian Men’s Rollers Basketball team, winning Gold at back-to-back World Championships. Tom now has his sights set on the 2016 Paralympic Games

 

The Genesee & Wyoming Australia Indigenous Achievement Award

TARA LIDDY, 28 of ALICE SPRINGS (represented by Matthew Heffenan) has used sport as a vehicle for promoting Indigenous health and wellbeing. She has competed nationally in Softball and Baseball. Tara is the Community Development Officer for Softball NT, and visits remote communities in the “Athletes as role models tour” with the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy. Tara has completed Indigenous leadership courses and is currently studying Law. She also actively participates in numerous roundtable discussions, committees and conferences. Last year Tara was the co MC of the 2014 YMCA National Convention and was announced as the National Indigenous Youth Parliament Youth Governor General

 

 

2013 Winners

The Northern Territory Government Small Business Achievement Award

HUGH GANGE, 27 of DARWIN Venture North was established in 1996 with a major focus on the culture, heritage and nature of the region. In March 2010 Venture North’s head guide, Hugh Gange, seized an opportunity to purchase the business with his brother, Aaron as joint partners. Hugh’s has developed strong and respectful relationships with Indigenous Traditional Owners, which have granted him a concession to operate a unique safari style camp in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park. Today Hugh, winner of the Northern Territory’s Outstanding Interpretive Guide is, head guide, boat skipper, camp host and tour manager of this multi award winning company that just recently won their third consecutive Brolga Tourism award. Hugh’s ability to engage with Traditional owners and operate a unique eco-friendly tourism operation has placed Venture North as a leading Top End Tourism Business.

 

McArthur River Minining Regional and Rural Initative Award and Channel 9 Overall Young Achiever of the Year Award Winner 2013

RACHAEL MULLER, 25 of IMPANPA has been a teacher in the remote Aboriginal community of Imanpa, for over three years and is a firm believer in; ‘we teach what we are’, and has committed herself to a lifelong learning approach. Rachel often participates in professional training and development programs and gives up weekends and holidays to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes for her students. Rachael has been instrumental in introducing a variety of programs which have improved learning outcomes for her students such as creating a quality learning environment for a range of students with special needs. Rachael has successfully improved attendance, community partnerships and last year was proud to have facilitated the first two students in the college’s history to successfully complete a year 11/12 unit towards their school leavers certificate. Rachael is inspired to adopt and learn about other teaching methods to help improve success rates for her students and other youth within the community.

The Minister for Young Territorians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award

JANE ALIA, 18 of DARWIN arrived in the Northern Territory as a South Sudanese refugee from Uganda in 2008, since her arrival she has been advocating for the rights of refugees and campaigning for initiatives which allow them to assimilate properly into Australian communities. Jane is a member and Vice Chair of MyNT where she has a voice on youth issues and a support network to make youth ideas a reality. In 2012, Jane was the key note speaker at the International Woman’s Day Celebration, where she spoke on the chosen theme of “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures”. Jane is dedicated to making a change in perceptions of asylum seekers and refugees through her involvement with the Australian Immigration and Refugees Women’s Alliance, and her work through the Melaleuca Refugee Centre. Jane is also the Assistant Youth Leader and Secretary of the New African Women and Girls Group, formed from the African Australian conference in 2011 where Jane took part to ‘Empower, Unite and to raise Awareness’ of the African culture.


The Somerville Community Services Award

VANESSA MOUNSEY, 26 of DARWIN has spent over 15 hours per week for the past 4 years, volunteering in the Community of Bagot and regularly visits Bagot Community members in hospital to provide comfort to families who have lost loved ones. Each week, Vanessa volunteers as a lifeguard so children from the community can swim at the Leanyer Water Park which would not happen without her support. Vanessa is an active member of the Bagot Indigenous Victory Church and assists in the supervision of visiting overseas and interstate volunteer groups who can spend up to one month in the Bagot Community. Vanessa is a strong believer in the importance of sport as a way of providing positive benefits to women, especially during teenage years. For many years Vanessa was a champion Territory volleyball player, she uses these skills to encourage other young people in the Bagot Community to strive for their dreams and have a healthy outlook in life.


The Northern Territory Government Young Carers Award

DAVID GRAZIE, 22 of DARWIN lives with and aids in caring for friend Jake who has a degenerative neurological disorder - Friedricks Ataxia. With David’s support and care which he provides 24 hours a day seven days a week, Jake is able to live in his own home, be a part of his local community, go camping, socialise with friends and pursue his individual interests. David met Jake while undertaking secondary studies where they became friends and are now house mates living in Humpty Doo. David took on the role of Jakes carer willingly, and although he is not a formally trained carer, he has obtained skills on the job to support Jake’s complex care. David’s selfless support and dedication for his best friend has helped Jake exercise control and choice in the life he wants to lead. Facing daily challenges David takes on his caring role without complaints and hopes he can continue to benefit Jakes life into the future.

The Charles Darwin University Arts Award

LIONEL GARAWIRRTJA is the choreographer and artistic associate of The Chooky Dancers. Lionel and The Chooky Dancers are originally from Elcho Island, and combine traditional indigenous and contemporary dance with comedy and impressive acrobatic skill. Lionel has achieved a high level of professional recognition both nationally and internationally with numerous successful tours, appearances in film and through YouTube. The Chooky Dancers have performed in front of audiences at major festivals and events throughout Australia, China and Taiwan. One of the biggest achievements was performing as part of the Beijing Television Lunar New Year Spring Festival celebrations in 2010, with an average viewing audience of around 5 million. Lionel is a great ambassador and role model for the Territory and hopes to continue to advocate Healthy Living and healthy decisions for young Indigenous people.

The Power and Water Science and Engineering Award

BYRAN DAVIES, 26 of DARWIN Since graduating from Charles Darwin University in 2009, Bryan has established himself as a sought after engineer. Last April Bryan was invited to join one of 8 teams in the MERIT competition an International engineering leadership competition, with teams from across the world. As the only selected Territorian on the team, the team travelled to London for the finals where they placed 2nd overall. Over the past year Bryan has been involved with the earthquake recovery methods in New Zealand assisting with the strengthening and repair solutions for churches, houses, commercial business and industrial buildings. Bryan is a member of the Young Engineers Australia - Northern Division, the youngest member of the Young Engineers Australia and was voted as the Northern National Representative in 2009. Now working back in Darwin, Bryan is a strong advocator for youth to consider engineering and works closely with Charles Darwin University and Young Engineers Australia in promoting engineering as a career option.


The PTTEP Australasia Health and Wellbeing Award

SAM EDWARDS, 22 of DARWIN is a passionate and dedicated employee of Surf Lifesaving NT, he started his career as a Life Guard and has now currently moved on to supervisory and teaching roles within the organisation. Sam has recently taken on the role as the youngest ever - Club President at Mindil Beach, and is a competitor and team manager for the NT Elite Surf Lifesaving interstate team for the Northern Territory. Although a paid employee, Sam dedicates a lot of time on a voluntary basis within the organisation. Sam has maintained his gold medallion status and is currently teaching a Certificate II in Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue in Darwin High School, Kormilda College and St Johns College with the hope to encourage other young people to practice water safety. In 2012, Sam was named the Northern Territory Surf Lifesaving Volunteer of the Year and will represent the Territory in the National Surf Lifesaving Volunteer Awards this year.

The Shorelands Group Indigenous Achievement Award

EVELYNA DHAMARRANDJI, 23 of ELCHO ISLAND is a young indigenous youth worker within her community of Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island, Evelyna is passionate about improving life choices for young people and creating more opportunities in remote communities. Working in the Youth Services team and in partnership with Marthakal Young Leaders, Evelyna delivered the first youth led Youth Festival, namely the Galiwin’ku Youth Spirit Festival. Highly regarded by her peers for her strong leadership skills, she was nominated by the leaders and elders of her community to assist and engage in a three year strategic plan for youth, sport and recreation as well as consultation and development to form the first Galiwin’ku Youth Council Because of her achievements and as a role model to other indigenous youth, Evelyna has successfully been selected for several leadership and sporting opportunities interstate and regionally.


The ConocoPhillips Environment and Landcare Award

JEREMEY GILLEN, 15 of ALICE SPRINGS is a passionate student and a local advocate for Climate Change in Alice Springs. As a regular volunteer at the Arid Lands Environment Centre, Jeremy established the Australian Youth Climate Coalition Group. Since the establishment, the Group have received over $8,000 from the NT Community Climate Change grants, which has allowed Jeremy to organise stalls at the local “Eco Fair’ as well a put on a concert called “Solar Sounds”, which was completely powered by solar energy. Jeremy is the youth representative on the Alice Springs Community Advisory Panel for the WaterSmart Community Water Rules program. Through his involvement within these groups, Jeremy leads people to take action to resolve climate change and to build renewable energy power stations. Jeremy hopes he can continue to influence members of the Alice Springs community, and instil a message which will allow for a better and cleaner future for all Territorians.

 

2012 Winners

The Northern Territory Government Career Achievement Award

Samantha Young, 26 is a NIDA graduate, actor and director and has performed and devised her work in the dramatic arts, nationally and internationally. Samantha has performed with the Sydney Theatre Company, Darwin Theatre Company and The Royal Opera House- Covent Garden London in which she performed in the musical "The Rose and the Ring" at the age of 18. Samantha was also the youngest actor to perform in a leading role in the recent production of 'The Business' with the Belvoir Theatre Company. Samantha has recently opened the Melbourne Festival with the cabaret act 'The Love Birds' and also headlined the 'headlined at the prestigious venue 'The Forum' at the Festival. Over the past 3 years, Samantha has successful employed over 30 Northern Territory Artists and 15 interstate artists to develop her own works. Within the Darwin community, Samantha has been an advocator for youth arts, and mentor for young actors.


The McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award
Raine Pugh,
24 has worked on many stations in and around the Northern Territory as a stud groom, contracted musterer, as a jillaroo and governess. Her passion for supporting those in regional and rural areas of the Northern Territory has led her to study a diploma in Equine Tactile Therapy as well as a Certificate IV in beef production. Through her studies Raine has been able to conduct research in the Beef production industry, with a strong focus on pregnancy testing and artificial insemination in cattle and horses. Raine is currently working on Kidman Springs Station, 400km west of Katherine. Some of her projects include trialling different bovine breads or cross breeding to develop cattle breeds which are sustainable in the northern tropical climate. Her work aides the rural sector by trialling different agricultural activities and determining their value for further application in the industry.

 

The Minister for Young Territorians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award

Laruen Moss, 24 was selected as one of the few returning members for the Youth Ministers Round Table for Young Territorians in 2011 to provide leadership to new members. Recently, Lauren developed the "Skin Deep Project", which looks at how outcomes can be improved for Young Territorians in regards to body image and eating disorders. The Skin Deep Facebook page currently has over 211 followers; she hopes by linking people to this page it will help raise awareness. Lauren also initiated a forum in collaboration with Headspace Top End, titled 'Happy, Healthy and Resilient: Exploring options for Young Territorians with an eating disorder'. Through her work as a Youth Ambassador and Reporter for ReachOut, Lauren created content such as a mobile application "ChangeMake" to reach other young people to make a difference on issues affecting young people throughout Australia. Lauren hopes to continue to make a difference by identifying the major needs of young people within the Territory.


The Somerville Community Services Award

Lachlan Way, 22 has become a well-known community volunteer in Howard Springs. Supporting himself as an apprentice electrician, Lachlan is a member of the Howard Springs Volunteer Fire Brigade, which he joined at the age of 16 and has since become the youngest Volunteer Crew Leader within the NT Fire and Rescue Services. Since joining the Volunteer Fire Brigade, Lachlan was deployed to Victoria to assist with the most recent fire threats and also to Alice Springs to aid in assisting with the control of wildfires threatening Alice Springs and surrounding tourist centres. Lachlan is also part of Wildcare NT where he assists rescuers and carer's in the rehabilitation of native reptiles and is an avid member of NT Parks and Wildlife as a contracted snake catcher. Lachlan has attended over 250 snake call-outs in the local community and continues to educate the community on the safety when removing these reptiles.


The Northern Territory Government Young Carer’s Award

Avik Mason, 17 is the eldest of five boys and cares for two of his younger brothers Igen aged 11 and Omri aged 13, who both have special needs. Igen has severe autism with limited speech and Omri has delayed development. Avik undertakes the care of his brothers with enthusiasm and diligence and strives to ensure that they successfully participate in daily activities and community events, while continuously trying to develop their skills. Avik is actively involved within many activities to assist in the care of Igen and assists with daily living activities, collecting him from school and even teaching him how to swim. Avik is also actively involved in the mental development of his brothers; he has inspired Omri to partake in school and sporting activities which have allowed his brother development to accelerate. Avik is working towards getting into Biomedical Engineering upon completing his HSC with the aim to enter the field of medicine upon completing his studies.


The Charles Darwin University Arts Award

Samantha Young, 26 as a NIDA graduate, actor and director has performed and devised her work in the dramatic arts nationally and internationally. She has performed at the Belvoir Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Darwin Theatre Company and The Royal Opera House - Covent Garden London. Samantha has recently opened the Melbourne Festival with her cabaret act 'The Love Birds', and in 2012 Samantha will be touring the show 'The Love Birds' internationally and headlining at the "Spegieltent" at the Adelaide Festival. Samantha was given the opportunity in 2011 to travel to Bulgaria for research for her first full length play - 'To the End of Reckoning', based on Australian Jock Palfreeman, who is currently serving a 20 year sentence in Sofia Central Prison in Bulgaria for the murder of a Bulgarian national. Samantha's involvement with local youth has led her to involved in Corrugated Youth Arts, become a JUMP Mentee, and recently a co-director in 2011 with Matthew Lutton.

 

The Power and Water Science and Engineering Award


Jessica Davies, 23 Since completing her first class Honours Research Degree, on the "Impact of Parkinson's disease upon driving performance", Jessica has been able to assist in improving road safety for all Australians. Throughout the program, Jessica's results raised awareness to support safe drivers with disabilities to continue driving and to reduce discrimination. Her research has since been presented at interstate and international conferences, within health professional forums and has also been published as a book chapter within a well renowned science journal. On completing her research Degree, Jessica has become one of two graduates working at Royal Perth Hospital working in the areas of general medicine, advanced heart/lung cardiothoracic, renal, diabetes and urology. Jessica hopes she will be able to learn all she can in this role to bring back her knowledge to Darwin with the aim to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians suffering renal haemodialysis within remote areas of the Northern Territory.

 

The Toll Marine Logistics & Toll Transitions Sports Award

Joel Carroll, 25 won a gold medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and Gold at the Champions Trophy as a member of the Kookaburra's hockey team. Joel represented Australia on the European Tour where he aided the Kookaburra's to win the 4 Nations event. He represented the NT Stingers at the Australian Hockey League in Rounds 1 & 2 only to be struck by injury. He recently returned to play for Australia in 3 Test matches against New Zealand, India & Pakistan. In December 2011 Joel was selected in the Olympic squad and is on track to be part of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Although based in Perth, when Joel returns to his home in Darwin he is very active with the hockey community, by playing with the Northern Territory Stingers and assisting with coaching and mentoring. Joel has taken on roles as an Indigenous Ambassador for the National Indigenous Hockey Program and works with the David Wirripanda Foundation.


The ConocoPhillips Environment Award


Emily Gray, 27 believes that the Northern Territory is heavily reliant on imported foods which have a large and unsustainable carbon footprint. Working tirelessly as a volunteer in local community garden projects such as aiding in the setup of Lakeside Drive Community Garden, Emily is hoping to change the culture of the Northern Territory. Emily is currently working at Marrara Christian College delivering two Horticulture elective high school classes with the vision of setting up large permaculture gardens on site, whilst also volunteering at many public events and working bees at the Lakeside Community Garden. Through all her work Emily is involved in the promotion of Darwin Gardens Education Network and other permaculture initiatives, where she encourages others to grow fresh produce. Emily's ultimate goal is to provide remote communities with training and opportunities to produce their own gardens to improve health and wellbeing through local food production.


The Channel 9 Overall Young Achiever of the Year Award
Samantha Young - 26

 

2011 Winners


The Northern Territory Government Career Achievement Award
Daniel Walton, is an Executive Chef at the Santa Fe Cafe© in Berimah, and has achieved much more in the hospitality industry than those twice his age. Ten years ago when he first commenced his certificate in commercial cookery, the highly awarded chef has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, perfecting his trade and increasing his passion for food. Learning all he needed to know internationally he is now back in Darwin producing meals that satisfy the international tastes of his customers and working towards opening his own restaurant in the near future.


The McArthur River Mining Regional & Rural Initiative Award
Rebecca Healy, is aspiring to be a professional business consultant and is in the process of establishing her own virtual assistance business with a particular focus of regional and rural business development. Overcoming significant obstacles, Rebecca has become a prominent figure for youth creating a positive influence for disadvantage youth within the Barkley Region. Rebecca has been apart of many credible forums including the Chief Ministers Round Tables of Young Territorians, the Youth Justice Advisory Community, Northern Territory Youth Affairs Network, the Youth Justice Advisory Committee and the Barkly Shire Councils Local Advisory Board.


Minister for Young Territorians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
Honeylyn Lisson, has made a significant contribution to the lives of others in the community through her volunteer work with the Red Cross, in her position as President of the Student Representative Council at Casuarina Senior College (CSC), a member of and office bearer in the United Nations Youth Association NT, and as representative on the Northern Territory Government’s Youth Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians in 2009. Honeylyn is particularly focused on ending world poverty and hopes in the future to volunteer abroad for either a non-government organisation or the United Nations.


The Somerville Community Services Award
Daly Kelly, has thrown himself into many different community activities with enthusiasm and commitment. Daly spends many hours volunteering for the St Vincent De Paul Society, at World Youth Day, for Clean Up Australia Day, Engineers Australia, at Charles Darwin University, and as a junior rugby coach. Daly has been elected as a leader in many of these voluntary roles where he has used these positions as a positive role model for the youth of the Northern Territory. Daly is married with one son and is a compassionate and dedicated volunteer within his community.


The Northern Territory Government Young Carer’s Award
Samantha Penny, has become a pillar of emotional strength for both her mother, who suffers from a spinal injury and her older sister who has autism and suffers from severe depression. Born into this caring role and suffering Aspergs Syndrome herself, Samantha embraces all aspects of her role as a carer and family member. Samantha is constantly advocating for both her disease and that of her sisters, teaching herself how to speak publicly she is constantly fundraising for autism foundations throughout the Northern Territory. Congratulations Samantha Penny, finalist The Northern Territory Government Young Carer’s Award.


The Charles Darwin University Arts Award
Matt Cornell, is a passionate and talented Territory artist who has performed in numerous professional engagements locally, nationally and throughout Europe and South East Asia. He holds an extreme artistic repertoire spanning from choreography to live contemporary dance and theatre, and photography. Recently Matt has been awarded a danceWeb scholarship to Vienna and is a JUMP mentee. With a goal of opening his own professional performance company, he aims to employee staff and to establish his own unique style in delivering world class artistic productions within the Northern Territory.

The Power and Water Science and Engineering Award
Jacinta Kelly, has a passion for Science and Engineering which has led her to graduate from Charles Darwin University in 2009 with a bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science with first class honors and publish an academic paper with Dr Wee King Soh on “an analysis on free convection flow in building ventilation”. Jacinta’s involvement in community activities such as a volunteer at the Young Engineers Australia where she promotes and inspires young children to move into the science and engineering field saw her awarded the Australian Federation of University Women Award.


The Perkins Shipping Sports Award
Desmond Abbott, currently represents the Australian “Kookaburras” hockey team, winning gold at the World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. As a young indigenous man, he is currently on a joint Australian Institute of Sport and the Northern Territory Institute of Sport Hockey Scholarship in Perth. As Captain of the Territory Stingers in the Australia Hockey League he won the Player of the Tournament. Desmond has played 88 International caps, scoring 52 goals and was recently selected in the International Hockey Federations All Star Team.


The ConocoPhillips Environment Award
Benjamin Campbell, is one of seven indigenous trainee rangers employed under the Ingkerreke’s Working for Country program which enables young indigenous people with the skills required, to become employed in the field of conservation and land management. As a senior member of the team, Ben is responsible for managing the biodiversity and cultural assets of the Iwupataka Land Trust, north of Alice Springs. As an integral part of the program, he has developed and implemented a variety of land management initiatives, including fire management, weed and feral animal control and the monitoring of threatened species in the area.


Channel 9 Young Achievers Award
Daniel Walton is an Executive Chef at the Santa Fe Cafe© in Berimah, and has achieved much more in the hospitality industry than those twice his age. Ten years ago when he first commenced his certificate in commercial cookery, the highly awarded chef has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, perfecting his trade and increasing his passion for food. Learning all he needed to know internationally he is now back in Darwin producing meals that satisfy the international tastes of his customers and working towards opening his own restaurant in the near future.


2010 Winners


The Somerville Community Service Award
Polly Henry

 

The Charles Darwin University Arts Award

Dion Beasley

 

The Perkins Shipping Sports Award
Heather Langham

 

The Northern Territory Government Career Achievement Award
Shauna Mounsey

 

The ConocoPhillips Environment Award
Nerida Liddle

 

The Power & Water Science and Engineering Award
Jana Lai

 

The Department of Health and Families Young Carer's Award
Simon Baker-Jones


The McArthur River Mining Regional & Rural Initiative Award

Roley James


The Minister for Young Territorians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award

Kevin Kadirgamar


Channel Nine Young Achievers Award
Simon Baker-Jones

 

2009 Winners


The Somerville Community Service Award
Kat Byron

 

The Charles Darwin University Arts Award
Tashka Urban represented by Mikiah Lawrence

 

The Perkins Shipping Sports Award
Jack Benson

 

The Northern Territory Government Career Achievement Award
Kia Naylor

 

The ConocoPhillips Environment Award
Katie Chatto

 

The Power & Water Science and Engineering Award
Simone Liddy

 

The Department of Health and Families Young Carer's Award
Brilee Jacques

 

The McArthur River Mining Regional & Rural Initiative Award
Bronte James

 

The Minister for Young Territorians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
Nathan Frick

 

Channel Nine Young Achiever of the Year
Simone Liddy

 

2008 Winners


Somerville Community Service Award
Joseph Johnson, has been a volunteer for the Australian Red Cross, as a SHAK advisor for the last 3 years. Through his dedication and passion, Joseph has assisted in developing the Youth Recreation Centre which he regularly contributes to. Joseph is now qualified and runs camps as a peer support helper, assisting young people get through tough times and providing a positive outlook on life. Joseph has taken on the position as the new Create Foundation Coordinator as an ongoing consultant, assisting and advocating young people in care.


Charles Darwin University Arts Award
Leah Flanagan, has become one of the most talented singer-songwriters in not only the Northern Territory’s music scene but also on a national level, making major contributions and bringing national awareness to the Northern Territory music scene. Leah’s achievements and performances are impressive they include the Tamworth Country Music Festival, The Dreaming Festival and the Adelaide Fringe festival. To top off the long list of performances, Leah was recognised last year as Emerging Artist of the Year, in the Northern Territory Indigenous Music Awards.


Perkins Shipping Sports Award
Desmond Abbott, currently on an Australian Institute of Sport Hockey scholarship in Perth, works full time whilst maintaining an extremely high calibre of achievements for his sport. Desmond’s achievements has seen him apart of the NT National Championships, the Australian Hockey League, and his biggest achievement to-date; selected in the Australian Men’s Hockey team – the Kookaburra’s. Desmond is currently hoping that he will be selected as a player in the Australian Men’s Hockey Team for the this years Olympics in Beijing.


ConocoPhillips Environment Award
Michelle Walker, as a Water Conservation Officer in Alice Springs initiated GreenPlumber Training, which provides awareness to plumbers on how to be more environmentally friendly when it comes to their workplaces. A more recent project, Michelle worked with Santa Teresa on water education for remote aboriginal communities. Her passion extends through her many projects to ensure that knowledge and awareness of the environment is captured all around the Territory.


Drake International Career Achievement Award
AJ Kulatunga, gave up a secure full time job to pursue his dream of running his own business. Taking a chance, AJ’s IT consulting firm has taken off with flying colours. AJ has secured many high profile contracts, and has been able to maintain those relationships through repeat business with his warmth and ability to provide security and leadership. Not only does he plan to take his business national, he also produces programs for youth businesses and is become a leading source of inspiration for all young entrepreneurs.


Power & Water Science and Engineering Award
Rachel Meldrum, has been awarded both the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Award in science and the Menzies School of Health Research. Her honours project involved studying aspects of Fusarium wilt disease of bananas, which she was awarded with a traineeship, with the Department Primary Industry, and awarded a grant of $10,000 for further study of the disease. More recent studies are with the Northern Territory Fisheries investigating aggregating behaviour of the Black Jewfish. Rachel hopes to achieve sustainable fishing of the Jewfish to allow custodians and fishers to use stocks without over fishing.


McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award
Kelly Casement, is currently a governess at the Allambi Station in the middle of the Northern Territory, 100km from Alice Springs. Kelly cares for two young boys, who she assists in schooling through an Interactive Distance Learning program. Kelly has appeared on an ABC television show telling her story as a governess in the outback and her experiences. Kelly has also been invited to speak at Women’s days, children’s outback education, isolated parents association and organises the biggest outback tutors muster, to raise money for remote teachers.


Department of Health and Community Services Young Carer's
Shyne Brenton, at the age of just 13, became her mother’s carer, taking on a load of responsibility, her school holidays were committed to being a full-time carer. Shyne ensures medication is taken, bills are paid, organises transport, along with cooking, cleaning, bathing, shopping and taking her mum to appointments. On top of all of this, she is committed to her hockey and was named the Young Carers representative for the Australian National Young Carers Action Team, to assist in issues relating to young carers.


Minister for Young Territorians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
Donald Young, for 11 years has been involved with the YMCA Youth Parliament, first as a volunteer and now as a Youth Parliament Coordinator. Donald’s experience also extends as a board member of the YMCA and Department of Legislative Assembly for which he works over 15 hours a week on a volunteer basis. Through the YMCA program Donald ensures that the young people of the Northern Territory are portrayed through the media in a positive light, through educating the media on the fantastic and positive things young people are involved in.


2007 Winners


Somerville Community Service Award
Aaron Watson of Darwin, contributes positively to the community in many ways, some of the organisations Aaron is involved with is the Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul and the Melaleuca Refugee Centre. Aaron spends a lot of time with the Sunset Outreach Program which provides food to the homeless and disadvantaged. Aaron's more recent involvement has been with the Red Cross as a member of the Youth Education and Services Advisory Committee, where he volunteers at schools, as apart of their "Breakfast Clubs".


Charles Darwin University Arts Award
Jessica Mauboy of Wulagi, has performed at many community and festival events in Darwin and was nominated for the Tamworth Country Music's Festival Golden Guitar Award. More recently, Jessica won the nations hearts as the runner up for the 2006 Australian Idol, she has also recently performed at the Sydney Harbour Bridge 75th Birthday.


Perkins Shipping Sports Award
Tahnee Afuhaamango of Rosebery, is an inspiring young girl. Tahnee is currently a world champion in her field of swimming and recently competed in Ireland at the 2006 DSISO World Swimming Championships were she broke 4 world records and brought home 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.


ConocoPhillips Environment Award
Sashika Richards of Alice Springs, has a strong aptitude and passion for science and the environment and when she won the Heaslip Arid Zone Research Scholarship Sashika's research findings led her to raise many questions about the Bond Springs Station and whether salinity was really a factor in limiting plant growth.


Drake International Career Achievement Award
Ross Dullard of Elcho Island, worked as a Homeland Teacher on Elcho Island, which at, 24 is quite an achievement. Ross has been influential in increasing attendance at schools on Elcho Island that don't generally have a good attendance rate. He is able to relate and connect with the students and teachers in the area which have assisted in the increase of school numbers and attendance.


Power & Water Science and Engineering Award
David Johnston of Alice Springs, is a 16 year old and the youngest member ever to be selected as a member of the Australian Physics Olympiad team where they competed in Shanghai and won the Silver! David has been successful in the construction of a solar tricycle which he hopes the aerodynamic bike will be able to be built to be comparable to other top bikes in the sport and practical enough to use around town. David has also been instrumental in setting up the SunChase competition.


McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award
Janna Auricht of Alice Springs, has accomplished alot others would only dream of achieving in a lifetime. Janna has had many roles in the Alice Springs as an Adventure Therapist for Youth at Bush Mob, a Guidance Counsellor, Senior Peace and Security officer and a cultural ecological tour guide. Janna has enrolled in a four year course to do Nursing, she hopes to bring these skills back into a region that demands quality health care workers.


Minister for Young Territorians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
Janella Ebatarinja of Alice Springs, has been with her local learning centre since inception six years ago, in the last two years Janella was elected as the president of the committee. Her work involves her encouraging her own children and others to school and offering skills such as first aid, arts and craft and courses in numeracy and literacy modules. Janella is a great role model and leader for many young indigenous people.

 

2006 Winners


Somerville Community Service Award
Sara Manning 23 years, is a major contributor to the Tennant Creek and Barkly region, particularly with youth and remote area communities. As manager of Tennant Creek Public Library, she has actively promoted the use of libraries and improved literacy levels. Sarah was a representative on the 2005 Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians. She is responsible for organising youth activities and is a driving force behind National Youth Week. Sarah is youth leader of the Tennant Creek Youth Development Unit and youth adviser on the Barkly Youth Forum organising / planning committee.


Charles Darwin University Arts Award
Katharina Fehringer 22 years, is known in Darwin as a well-respected classical guitarist, violinist, music teacher and performing artist. She was recently invited to audition for the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received a guitar scholarship and was invited to record a CD compilation of 19th Century guitar music. In 2005 Katharina was the only Australian invited to perform with The Netherlands Guitar Orchestra touring Europe. Katharina is a violinist with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Charles Darwin University Chamber Orchestra and various other ensembles.


Woodside Energy Sports Award
Danni Miatke 18, in July 2005, Danni became World Champion in the Women’s 50m Butterfly at the 11th FINA World Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada. She then returned home to win the 50m butterfly and claim third in both the 100m butterfly and freestyle events at the 2005 Telstra Australian Short Course Championships. Danni qualified for her first long course World Swimming Championships with a stunning victory in the 50m butterfly at the 2005 Telstra Trials in Sydney. She will soon compete at the 2006 World Short Course Championships in Shanghai.


ConocoPhillips Environment Award
Yasmin Antwertinger 26, after completing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Yasmin developed an interest in environmental chemistry and was offered an honours project by the Charles Darwin University researching the distribution of copper in seawater. Yasmin’s current PhD project investigates the use of corals as bio-monitors of water quality and the marine environment. This study is focused on environmental management and will provide information about past and current pollution levels of Darwin Harbour’s ecosystem. Yasmin aims to become a research scientist in the field of environmental chemistry.


Drake International Career Achievement Award
Anthony Sherwell 26, started his own business, Terror Byte, at the age of 16 whilst he was a year 11 student at Hight School. In his first 12 months he sold computers and laptops to the staff and students of his school turning over $80,000. After completing a small business management course, Anthony developed his business plan to provide onsite assistance. Anthony and his staff have helped streamline or manage the operations of many local small businesses and have built a mobile computer lab with trainers available to fly to remote communities.


Power & Water Science and Technology Award
Kate Mounsey 26, current PhD research with the Charles Darwin University investigates the issue of emerging drug resistance in scabies. The molecular tools developed in Kate’s project will enable the assessment of drug treatment failures and assist in the development of more sensitive methods of monitoring resistance in the community, including the potential for reversing it. Kate’s work contributes to an overall Healthy Skin program which aims to eradicate endemic scabies in northern Australian Aboriginal communities. She works with the Royal Darwin Hospital to monitor treatment progress and increase public awareness.


Perkins Shipping Regional Initiative Award
Rebecca Mahony 26, actively promotes Northern Territory produce and the provision of safe working conditions for the Territory’s harvest industry. She has helped acquire basic infrastructure for rural areas including communications, electricity and suitably sealed road networks which are vital for the safe handling and distribution of fresh food. Recently Rebecca represented the Northern Territory at the National Young Farmer’s Forum in Canberra and attended export market development training. In 2005, she became vice-president of the Northern Territory Mango Industry Association. Rebecca also operates her own successful fertiliser and agronomy business.


The NT Office of Youth Affairs Minister for Young Territorians in Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
Alice Chang 25, is known throughout the community for her contribution towards advancing multiculturalism and counteracting racism through the Multicultural Council Northern Territory. Alice is a representative for the Australian Medical Association. She was also a member of the 2005 Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians and the face of National Youth Week 2005. Recently Alice was appointed as the youth delegate for the Australian National Commission to attend the 4th UNESCO Conference. On returning, she set up a youth network for young Australians to advocate the rights of young people internationally.


Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year
Katharina Fehringer, 22