TASMANIA

Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

2015 Winners of the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

The Hon Elise Archer MP with the 2015 winners at the Gala Presentation Dinner

Overall Winner - The Premier's Young Achiever of the Year

Dr Lila Landowski, 28 of North Hobart is a neuroscientist investigating nerve regeneration specifically in peripheral neuropathy. She is currently conducting a trial focusing on a treatment for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, a debilitating condition that affects the nerve fibres carrying information between the brain and body. Her work has been presented at 11 high profile national and international conferences, and she has trained with the Mayo Clinic cementing her status as an emerging leader in the field of peripheral nerve injury. An enthusiastic volunteer, Dr Landowski gives her time to cancer support services and science outreach activities, and also teaches medical students and dementia care professionals about health science.

 

First National Real Estate Leadership & Innovation Award

Waqas Durrani, 26 of Hobart has been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s and Rotary Leadership Awards, and the International Student of the Year for his initiatives in promoting inclusion whilst celebrating student diversity. Speaking five languages, Waqas interprets for refugees and migrants at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Law Courts and Schools. He organised the "Lollywood Gala" at Mona Museum and other multicultural events such as Islam Awareness Week and “Fast With Us” to promote tolerance and harmony. Waqas was also instrumental in initiating changes within the Universities cafeteria to cater for varying cultural dietary requirements.

 

Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service Award

Mitch McPherson, 27 of Tranmere has over the last two years spent an estimated 1,200 volunteer hours creating his charity "Speak up stay chatTY" after losing his younger brother Ty, to suicide in 2013. He is changing the way in which people look at mental health. Mitch plans community and charity events for "Speak up stay chatTY", including the sale of over 7,000 car bumper stickers, the Stay ChatTY Cup - a local football match in the Tasmanian League between Clarence and Lauderdale and an annual quiz night which has raised over more than $30,000 in the past two years.

 

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award

Andrew Millhouse, 24 of Kingston completed his Bachelors Degree in Arts/Law with honours in 2014. He has provided countless voluntary hours of support to young people from all walks of life with free facilitation services to a number of organisations that work with young people including AYCC, Students of Sustainability and the Oaktree Foundation. In 2013, Andrew created Slingshot Training - a social enterprise to help young people become the best they can be - support others, overcoming challenges and discovering success. Andrew is currently looking at how Slingshot can support young people experiencing anxiety and depression.

 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Lyndon Riggall, 25 of Riverside won the Hot Key Books Young Writers' Prize in 2013 for his first children's novel "Charlie in the Dark," and is now working on a second book called "The Drift." Lyndon has a deep commitment to assisting the next generation of writers acting as a judge for the Children's Book Council of Australia, a marker for the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority assessing creative writing folios, and a workshop facilitator for Tasmanian students and teachers. Lyndon is currently compiling a portfolio of short stories which he hopes to submit to the Clarion Writers' Workshop in San Diego.

 

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award

Zane Littlejohn, 28 of Summerhill is organised, prepared and professional, and values the time necessary for him to support and train practicum teachers through University of Tasmania’s student internship program as he has done for the last five years whilst working at City Campus. Working with the Principal and School Community, Zane was instrumental in creating the Culture implementation called the "VOICE" which was designed to give students a voice and the World of Work Program Health and Wellbeing program. He was also the 2014 Tasmanian State League Coach of the Year Award Winner.

Zane Littlejohn was represented by his mother Lisa Hardy

 
Colony 47 Aboriginal Achievement Award

Kartanya Maynard, 21 of Glenorchy is a student at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music. She won the 2011 Tasmanian Aboriginal Artist of the year, the 2013 Tasmanian Young Aboriginal Person of the Year, was the youngest person ever elected to the Tasmanian Aboriginal State Committee and performs at the Putalina Festival each year. Kartanya is dedicated to cultural revival and education providing vocal coaching to a women’s Aboriginal singing group and teaches children about Tasmanian Aboriginal history. She is an interpreter in Aboriginal Culture at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and plans to write more songs in her language for future generations to follow

 

Tasmanian Institute of Sport Sports Award

Macey Stewart, 19 of Devonport had an amazing 2014, winning three Junior World Cycling Championships in the Junior Women’s Team and Individual Pursuits in Korea. She has recently also been crowned the 2014 junior national track and road cyclist and the overall outstanding junior cyclist of the year.After winning the Junior Women Individual Time Trial at the Road World Championships in Italy last September, Macey is now representing Australia at Senior International level. Awarded the 2012 Devonport Young Citizen of the year, Macey is a great role model for cycling and women's sport and an advocate for safe riding in Tasmania.

Macey Stewart was represented by her brother Andrea Stewart


Tadpac Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

Meg Cooper, 23 of Sandy Bay gives endless volunteer hours planning and running classes for BrightStars – the Southern Dance Group of Down Syndrome Tasmania and is a strong advocate for people with disabilities. Meg is an excellent role model and friend to her brother who has Down Syndrome, assisting her family with his care. Working within the Arts Program at Cosmos, a non-profit organisation offering learning and leisure opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, Meg is described as the “gold star standard’” for support workers where it’s not just about work, but it’s a true vocation

 

Tasmanian Early Years Foundation Excellence Award

Stacey Hall, 27 of Orielton developed her love for helping children in year 11, choosing to enrol in "working with children" at Rosny College. She has since successfully completed her Diploma of Children's Services and is currently employed at Lady Gowrie Tasmania. Stacey is the Team leader and heads a team of six educators and mentors new educators and students. Stacey leads by example and is always inclusive in her practices ensuring educators are worthy contributors. Working 72 hours each week in the baby’s room which is a highly demanding position, she goes above and beyond for the children in her care

 

St.LukesHealth Health and Wellbeing Award 

Dr Lila Landowski, 28 of North Hobart is a neuroscientist investigating nerve regeneration specifically in peripheral neuropathy. She is currently conducting a trial focusing on a treatment for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, a debilitating condition that affects the nerve fibres carrying information between the brain and body. Her work has been presented at 11 high profile national and international conferences, and she has trained with the Mayo Clinic cementing her status as an emerging leader in the field of peripheral nerve injury. An enthusiastic volunteer, Dr Landowski gives her time to cancer support services and science outreach activities, and also teaches medical students and dementia care professionals about health science.

 

2014 Winners

The 2014 Winners at the Gala Presentation Dinner 

Bokart Print Arts and Cultural Development Award and The Premier's Young Achiever of the Year

Joshua Lowe
, 27 of Rose Bay has a Bachelor of Dance. In 2007 he founded DRILL Performance Company to provide young people in Launceston with work. Joshua is Artistic Director of DRILL Performance Company in Hobart, Festival Director for Short+Sweet Dance and Program Producer for Yellow Wheel in Melbourne. He has been mentored by eminent Australian choreographer Becky Hilton, Artistic Director Emma Porteus, Adam Wheeler and also Brooke Stamp during a residency in France. Whilst in Europe he saw over 30 performances and participated in 14 workshops. In 2013 he worked on Tasdance's first DanceNET program and in 2014 will undertake a highly competitive Asialink residency and finish choreographing the project with Tasdance for national release.

 

First National Real Estate Leadership and Innovation Award

Adam Mostogl
, 26 of Queenstown is a leader with the Door of Hope Christian Church in Launceston and also runs his own business, illuminate SDF. He started illuminate SDF in 2009 which focuses on delivering meaningful and inspiring experiences for students in Grade 9 and 10 and other young people. The aim is to activate passion and get young people excited and more confident about the business world. The programs are run across Tasmania in partnership with the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics at the University of Tasmania and the Department of Maritime and Logistics Management at the Australia Maritime College. More than 600 students have undertaken the challenge, finding a new understanding and inspiration in their approach and attitude towards learning.

 

Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service Award

Christopher Ballard, 26 of West Hobart has served the scouting movement for almost ten years. Whether as leader of the Mt Stuart Scout Group increasing membership from 20 to 70, mentoring new leaders in the Lenah Valley Scout Group to re-start their Cubs section, or in a variety of capacities supporting major scouting events, Chris undertakes all of his roles with dedication, commitment and kindness that exemplifies all that Scouting is about. Chris contributes to the long term sustainability of Scouting and has provided input into the National Rover Council to improve national policy. He has received a number of Scouting awards and juggles his service to the scout movement with full time study in Pharmacy, and now works as a Pharmacist.

 

AustralianSuper Career Kick start Award

Lila Landowski, 27 of North Hobart is a PhD student in Neuroscience at the Menzies Research Institute devoting up to 80 hours a week in the laboratory. Lila has attended 13 national and international conferences, presenting her work at eight. Whilst teaching 1st and 2nd year students at the University of Tasmania, Lila is also developing a treatment for nerve damage, for which there currently is no cure. Part of her research received one of only two 2013 National Health and Medical Research Council grants by UTAS, valued at $360,000. Her therapeutic investigation also received a $35,000 grant from the Brain Foundation. The discoveries in her research show compelling evidence that a particular natural molecule can direct nerve regeneration, and may benefit those with neuropathy which may revolutionise treatment.


University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award

Caitlin Rice, 25 of North Hobart believes that every child has the right to a quality education and aims to make all learning experiences meaningful and real for her students. A teacher at Levendale Primary, a small school of 17 children, Caitlin taught children in a mixed class of Kindergarten to Grade 2 and Science and History to the Grade 3 and 4’s. She also took on additional roles such as Teacher in Charge when the Principal was absent. Caitlin became involved in a number of events supporting the Levendale Community. When the final decision was made to close the school, Caitlin worked tirelessly with both Principal and the Community to ensure that the transition to new schools during 2014 was as smooth as possible for the children.


Mat Goggin Foundation Entrepreneurship Award

Ella Watkins, 18 of West Hobart has been writing and illustrating children’s books and also filmmaking for a number of years. She produced her first short film at just 15. Ella published her first book, ‘Henry’s Holiday’ at just 12, and her second book, ‘Henry the Goat’ in 2011. Ella’s books were presented by the State Government to Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary. Her book artwork was selected as a part of the Art Rage exhibition. Ella completed year 11 and 12 in one year graduating at 17 with an ATAR score of 99.5. She has also volunteered at an African orphanage and a school in Kenya and completed art courses in Paris, keeping her away from home for five months. Ella is planning a move to Los Angeles to further explore her passions for writing, painting, and filmmaking.

 

St.LukesHealth Health and Wellbeing Award

Jessica Norton, 22 of Hobart is living with a number of food allergies. She has taken steps to help condition by founding her own company, Eat Safe. Through her Eat Safe company website, she brings awareness to the community of Tasmania about allergies and dietary choices. The information allows individuals to visit and eat with confidence at various local shops, restaurants, cafes and events. Jessica has created symbols that are simple and eye catching that will become visual icons and will be recognised around Hobart and surrounds. Each symbol represents a different food allergy/sensitivity or personal food choice. The community is now benefitting from the fast increasing amount of knowledge, and the available choices that is generated by Eat Safe.


Hydro Tasmania Environment Award

Patrick Kirkby, 27 of South Hobart has delivered hundreds of workshops, presentations and seminars on topics ranging from climate change, to renewable energy, sustainability, social justice and youth leadership. Patrick's volunteer efforts in the climate sector has found him working across the globe, from Bangladesh to Canada. He took 25 local youth on a 12-day Journey along the mighty Kelani River in Sri Lanka. He nurtured, trained and inspired them as future environmental leaders through life-changing environmental educational experiences. The project was hailed to be Sri Lanka's most successful and innovative environmental education project. Patrick has recently commenced a PhD working on climate change solutions across Asia and building on his life-changing experiences.

 

2013 Winners

Temco Science and Technology Award winner and Southern Cross / Premier's Young Achiever of the Year

Dr Clare Smith, 27 of Drinedary received her PhD in Medical Research in 2012. She works with the Menzies Research Institute investigating a novel therapy against Malaria. A major outcome of her research was discovering an antimalarial compound that could make an impact worldwide. The finding is now protected by a patent, and a clinical trial is about to begin. Her work has won numerous Awards and been presented at conferences and seminars across Australia and Europe. Clare was one of only six Australians to attend the 61st Nobel Laureate meeting for medicine/physiology in Germany. She also received a grant from the Australian European Malaria cooperation to work in the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal.


Hydro Tasmania Environment Award

Emma Flukes, 24 of Lindisfarne is a marine scientist with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and is completing her PhD. She is investigating the formation of 'barren habitat' caused by long-spined sea urchins and has won numerous awards. This species poses the single largest environmental threat to Tasmanian reefs and the fisheries they support. Emma is an avid underwater photographer and editor for a highly successful local marine magazine. She is involved with rubbish clean ups around waterways and volunteer efforts to conserve marine species both locally and internationally. She is also part of the Young Tasmanian Scientists program.


Mat Goggin Foundation Entrepreneurship Award

Emily Pickett, 17 of Moriarty is involved in music, dance and surf lifesaving. She is the youngest ever playing member of the Devonport Brass Band. She has been playing with the band for the past 10 years. Emily makes numerous public appearances including playing the “Last Post” at the Devonport RSL commemorative services. Emily completed her Bronze Medallion and volunteers patrolling beaches as a Surf Life Saver. She is an outstanding student, musician and a volunteer committee member of many school programs and community organisations and most recently became an “Austswim Instructor”.

 

First National Real Estate Leadership and Innovation Award

Meg Good, 25 of Hobart is a PhD Candidate at the UTAS Faculty of Law, specialising in environmental and human rights law. Meg has created a number of initiatives including in 2011 two inaugural law school competitions (the UTAS Law Moot Competition and the ISSP Soccer Tournament) which have been run annually by TULS since. In January 2013, she co-ordinated Tasmania’s first Animal Law Conference which was funded by a $10,000 Voiceless Grant Meg won in 2012. The Conference was a great success, featuring 18 speakers and participants from across Australia. Meg is a former PASS Leader/ISSP Tutor, and currently works as a lecturer, tutor and research assistant at the law school.


University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award

Kate Longey, 28 of Action Park works closely with the refugee community teaching English. She worked as a Youth Pathways Advisor for Colony 47 before coming to Dominic College in 2010 to construct a pilot program for disengaged students called The Magone Program. In 2012, Kate was asked by the Principal to step into the role of Lead Teacher for the program. Kate is also responsible for implementing the “Rock and Water” Program, designed to teach young people safety, integrity, solidarity, self control, self confidence and self respect. Last year, full time student numbers increased by 29% and retention of students within the program has increased by 17%.


Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service Award

Jack Beardsley, 23 of Fern Tree is a Team Manager in the State Emergency Service, Southern Tasmanian Search and Rescue Team and an active member of the Operations Team. Jack took on the Managers role in 2011 and is on call 24/7. He is involved in the coordination, training and management of 30 volunteers. Jack is a qualified first-aid instructor, remote area navigation, land search techniques, four wheeled driving, helicopter operations, wilderness survival and tracking. Last year the Search and Rescue team responded to 11 incidents, with Jack coordinating all of them. He is also actively involved with Camp Quality and the Tasmanian Fire Service.


O Group Trade and Enterprise Achievement Award

Maja Veit, 25 of South Hobart started Silver Hill Fisch in June 2010, producing and selling boutique style seafood sausages. Silver Hill Fisch has won a Silver Medal at the Tasmanian Royal Fine Food Awards. Maja applied her graphic design skills to develop the business logo, signage and stickers and a custom-fitted mobile food van for “easy trade” at small events and markets. Her product is stocked in delis around Hobart and she holds food stalls selling salmon sausages at five Summer Festivals and has a permanent position at the local Farm Gate Market. Maja also has a retail outlet in Queensland. She has completed a Cert IV in Small Business Management and Marketing.


Bokprint Arts Award

Fernando do Campo, 26 of Newstead is a contemporary artist. He recently undertook a three month residency at the Rosamond McCullough Studio at the Cite International des Arts in Paris. In 2012, he was awarded five funded applications including a 2012 Artsbridge Grant by Arts Tasmania. Fernando has a leadership role in supervising the Australian Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and is part of a mentorship program to oversee and curate “An Awfully Beautiful Place: The Antarctic Art of Stephen Eastaugh” at the Carnegie Gallery, Hobart. He held three solo exhibitions last year and has been selected for a solo exhibition in Launceston.

 

2012 Winners 

Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year

Cait Clarke, 25 of Railton

 

Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service Award

Damien Almond, 21 of Rokeby is a well respected community volunteer. For over 13 years, he has been an active member of St John Ambulance and was part of a contingent that assisted the Queensland flood victims. Damien has also been a volunteer with Ambulance Tasmania since 2009. He completed a Cert IV in Basic Emergency Care and was promoted to Volunteer Co-ordinator of St Helens Station in 2011, where he gives over 200 hours each month. Damien also volunteers for St Helens Marine Rescue and is a volunteer Announcer and Production Technician for StarFM Community Radio as well as the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network.


Mat Goggin Foundation Entrepreneurship Award

Laura Sykes,19 of Sandy Bay is Founder and President of Go Fair Inc, a non profit organisation educating and empowering the community about fair trade and ethical consumerism. Laura works closely with Councils towards fair trade accreditation and organises seminars and campaigns for local businesses and schools. In May 2011, Laura was Event Manager and Coordinator of the Fairtrade Fiesta which attracted over 4,000 people. She is also involved with numerous other community organisations and is State Director of World Vision's youth movement Vision Generation. Laura advocates for fair trade at a local, national and global level.


University of Tasmanian, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award

Holly Barnewall, 26 of Whitemark has embraced the challenges faced by Flinders Island youth. She organises most of the Schools extra curricular activities including camps, movie nights, picnics and BBQ's. With the assistance of the Island Youth Officer, she ensures there are always afterschool and weekend activities for students and is always there for those in need. She introduced a 'transition' subject at school which prepares students for life off the Island including a visit to Launceston or Melbourne. She has rewritten English, SOSE & Related Arts programs to be more relevant and exciting. Holly also organises students in the UTAS Student Voices program.


Print Applied Technology Sports Award

Matt Goss,25 of Berriedale moved through the Tasmanian cycling pathway before heading to Europe to chase his cycling dream. It was an extraordinary year in 2011 for Matt, finishing 2nd in the World Road Cycling Championships, winning the Milan San Remo one day classic and becoming the number 1 ranked cyclist in the world. Matt also competed in the Tour De France, finishing in 2nd place in one stage of the event. He was also awarded the Southern Cross TIS Tasmanian Athlete of the Year Award. Matt is a proud Tasmanian and takes every opportunity to assist with the development of young Tasmanian cyclists.


Hydro Tasmania Environment Award

Emma Flukes,23 of Lindisfarne is a marine scientist with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and is completing a PhD. She is investigating the formation of 'barren habitat' caused by the long-spined sea urchin and has won numerous awards for her research. This species poses the single largest environmental threat to Tasmanian reefs and the fisheries they support. Emma is also an avid underwater photographer and editor for a highly successful local marine magazine. She is involved with rubbish clean ups around waterways and volunteer groups to conserve marine species. She also volunteered in the Philippines collecting shark research.


O Group Trade and Enterprise Achievement Award

Danielle Black, 25 of Montrose owns her own business - maXreaction Graphic Design Studio. Launched in 2005, maXreaction is a very successful and highly sought after design studio that offers complete design services from initial concept through to final production. Danielle's clients include some of Tasmania's best known businesses and events. She also has a Cert IV in Small Business Management. Danielle was asked to join Plants Management Australia in 2009 as Senior Graphic Designer. Her remarkable impact on the business is said to be a major contributor to the company being named 2011 Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year.


TEMCO Science & Technology Award

Catherine Blizzard, 28 of Hobart graduated with her PhD in Philosophy in 2011.She has commenced a prestigious three year postdoctoral fellowship with the Motor Neuron Disease Research Institute Australia. Catherine was awarded the Menzies Research Institute Tasmanian Student of the Year and a travel fellowship from the International Brain Research Organisation to present her work at the 8th World Congress on Brain Research in Italy. She has won many awards, published research papers in several high ranking international journals and was invited to become the sole author of the International MND Association Quarterly Research Report.


First National Real Estate Leadership and Innovation Award

Cait Clarke, 25 of Railton is Chairperson of the Kentish Youth Council with input into Council's strategic direction. She also contributes through the Guiding Coalition and the Social Inclusion Action Group. Cait re-established the Sheffield Girl Guides and was instrumental in the development of the Dreamcasters program nurturing young women into future leaders. She is a driver mentor with the Road Education Volunteers Program. Cait is trained in suicide intervention and youth leadership. She is a single mum and developed the 'Walkers and Talkers' program for young mothers and became the youngest ever Kentish Councillor.

 

2011 Winners

Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year    
Stanislav Shabala, 27 of Lindisfarne



Tasmania Together Community Service Award

Sarah Perry, 23 of Risdon Vale is a volunteer with the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre. She was integral in introducing a youth program to the Centre with twenty young people attending each week. The Centre then became involved with the Youth, Community, Ownership, Prevention and Education Project, in conjunction with other local Centres. Sarah worked with the Project Officer to develop a trial holiday program for young people which proved a great success. She also had a governing role in the award winning TOOL Project. Sarah has been President of the Centre since 2008, the youngest President of a Neighbourhood Centre in Tasmania.

Academy of the Arts: UTAS School of Visual and Performing Arts & Tasmanian Polytechnic Arts Award
    
Michael Lampard, 25 of Battery Point graduated with a Masters of Music Degree and has studied in Düsseldorf and New York City. He has worked with many of Australia's leading organisations and several international orchestras and opera companies in Europe and Asia. Michael has won many awards, recorded a CD and launched HIP-POCKET OPERA with a Gala concert in Hobart. The concert featured performances by some of Hobart's most renowned classical singers including Ben Davidson and Sharon Prero and saw Michael perform with emerging Hobart soprano Melinda Briton.


Spirit of Tasmania Award
 
Simon French, 27 of Cremorne Simon is a former Junior Australian National Champion in Downhill Mountain Biking. He established 'Dirt Art', a company that constructs mountain bike facilities. He volunteers when not working as a nurse, advocating for ongoing development of mountain bike parks in Glenorchy and Clarence and volunteers and coordinates volunteer days to build tracks and trails. He is President of Hobart Wheelers Dirt Devils Cycling Club and also the Clarence Mountain Bike Park Association. Simon is Vice President of Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park Association and a Downhill Rider Representative for Mountain Bike Australia.


Print Applied Technology Sports Award

Eddie Ockenden, 24 of Moonah has been a permanent member of the Kookaburras since 2007. He won the 2007 and 2008 Champions Trophy Most Promising Player Award, 2008 World Young Player of the Year and was chosen in the 2008 and 2009 World All Stars Teams. He was part of the bronze medal team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 2010 saw Eddie win 3 gold medals in each of the prestigious Champions Trophy, World Cup and Commonwealth Games. While he is now based at the AIS for Hockey in Perth and also plays in the Dutch National League, Eddie still runs coaching clinics and visits schools when he comes home.

Hydro Tasmania Environment Award
 
Gregory Irons, 28 of Brighton became Director of Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary at 25, and has since made it his mission to educate and empower the local, national and global community to help save the Tasmanian Wildlife. His FOC emergency wildlife rescue program has attracted more than 200 volunteers. Greg had trained volunteers in rescue, transport and care. He is focused on grass roots education and community empowerment. He networks with other organisations such as the RSCPA and Parks and Wildlife. When Greg isn't rescuing or educating, he is visiting the children's ward of the Royal Hobart Hospital with baby wombats and blue tongue lizards.

O Group Trade and Enterprise Achievement Award
    
Lisa Tedeschi, 27 of Launceston became unwell with a life threatening auto immune disease know as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus whilst studying. Once in remission, she completed certificate studies and established "Ahead in Time Hairdressing Salon" at age 20. After growing the business to 11 staff, she sold the Salon to an employee and started Sebachi Ladies and Men's Fashion clothing store which now has a team of 5. Lisa later developed Mint Bath and Body Beauty before expanding the retail store to include a beauty salon. Lisa has won many business awards and was President of Hair and Beauty Tasmania in 2009, and is currently Vice President of City Prom.

TEMCO Science & Technology Award
    
Stanislav Shabala, 27 of Lindisfarneis an ARC Super Science Fellow in the Astrophysics and Environmental Geodesy groups at the University of Tasmania. He was awarded the Bok Prize for the top Astrophysics Honours thesis in Australia in 2003. Stas completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge and held a research fellowship at Oxford. His research is on the physics of black holes and galaxies. He has published proficiently in journals and is an invited speaker at international conferences. His work on black holes has practical applications in climate science and geophysics, helping to answer vital questions about the deformation of our continent and sea level rise.

Camerons Leadership and Innovation Award

Abyilene McGuire, 28 of Blackmans Bay is the Senior Environmental Health Officer at Kingborough Council. She was a 2010 national ambassador for the Year of Women in Local Government and served on the State Board of Environmental Health Australia for eight years. Abyilene has worked in community leadership roles for many years through Girl Guides Australia at local, state, national and international levels. She participated in numerous leadership forums and conferences including the world-first UN Environment Program 'Global Town Hall' meeting on climate change and attended the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.


Fonterra Agricultural Award

Joe Bennett, 28 of Great Bay established Get Shucked in 2004. The business has become a highly efficient oyster production system, supplying 140,000 dozen high quality oysters each year to the Australian market. Joe employs 3 fulltime staff plus additional shop staff in peak seasons. Get Shucked also splits oysters at their onsite farm shop for local restaurants and for sales direct to the public. The Get Shucked Oyster Shop on Bruny Island had a record year in 2010. A new shop and processing facility are in the planning stage. Joe enjoyed a very successful joint stall with 2010 Premier's Young Achiever of the Year Will Bignell, at the Taste Festival.

 

2010 Winners

Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year   
Will Bignell, 27 of Sandy Bay

 

Tasmania Together Community Service Award

Eva Mackinley, 20 of West Hobarthas not had an easy or comfortable life. She works four jobs to provide for herself, and solely care for her 15 year old brother. Eva has also saved relentlessly to enrol in a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on International Relations. In spite of her hardships, she gives selflessly of her time to improve the lives of others and has influenced the lives of many through the Festival of Dreams program, Tasmanian Youth Forum, World Vision, TasKids Carers, Invisible Children and St Vincent de Paul. In 2009 she was appointed to the Australian Youth Forum Steering Committee. Eva is also involved with Celebrate Tasmania and has a passionate interest in the arts through theatre company Plot.

MyState Financial Arts Award
    
Josie Hurst, 28 of West Hobarthas a multimedia degree Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Information Systems. As the Devonport Regional Gallery Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer, she developed and managed over 50 programs ranging from life drawing classes, contemporary jewellery workshops, graffiti workshops, puppetry, African music, dancing, talks and forums. In 2009 Josie commenced a Masters of Cultural Heritage. She runs education programs at Moonah Arts Centre and is co-curator of youth program Soft Centre, part of Glenorchy Council's Works Festival. She has key involvement and board membership of numerous significant arts organisations in Tasmania.

Spirit of Tasmania Award
    
Danni Murfet, 21 of Launceston is driven to make a difference in the lives of others and to work with the disabled, disadvantaged and those in need. She is working toward her Community Services Diploma and her Disability Services Certificate IV. Danni is currently working for the Northern Residential Support Group as a Disability Residential Support Assistant. With two friends, she started a youth support group "allsorts" for young gay people in Launceston. There are now also groups running in the South and North West. She is also involved with the Youth Network of Tasmania, Tasmanian Youth Forum and volunteers with St John Ambulance and Speak Out Tasmania.

Print Applied Technology Sports Award

Eddie Ockenden, 22 of Moonah North was the 2008 FIH World Junior Hockey Player of the Year. He is also a member of the FIH 2008 World Team. He was a member of the National Team that qualified for the 2010 World Cup by beating New Zealand in Invercargill in August 2008 and won a Bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has been playing in the Dutch National League and was a member of the Australian team in the 2009 Men’s Champions Trophy Tournament. Eddie was part of the National Team that won the 2010 World Cup recently and also the Hamburg Cup in 2009.

Hydro Tasmania Environment Award

Kirsty Albion
, 22 of Lauderdale is a ranger at Mt Field and Maria Island National Parks, Bonorong Wildlife Park and with The Spirit of Tasmania where she educates people in how to protect our natural heritage. She also supports the development of young environmental leaders, believing them to be the solution to the climate crisis. Kirsty lead a delegation of 15 young Australians and 11 Pacific Island youth to the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen. She is building youth climate networks throughout Australia in her role as National Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Australia's largest youth organisation. Kirsty is a Founding Member of Project Survival Pacific.

O Group Trade and Enterprise Achievement Award
    
Shanna Sweeney, 28 of Geilston Bay has a Bachelor of Business Administration at UTAS. She worked in a number of Property Manager role’s with Quest Serviced Apartments and is into property investing with numerous personal investment properties. More recently Shanna opened Tasmania’s first cupcake store. "Cutie Cups" is located in Hobart’s Elizabeth St Mall. All ideas, recipes and concepts are wholly and solely Shanna’s. She aims to franchise the business and is in discussion with numerous interstate and overseas interests. Shanna sponsors the RSPCA Cupcake Day, Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon afternoon teas, a youth battle of the bands and the "baby-teresa" initiative.

TEMCO Science & Technology Award
    
Jessica Andrewartha, 26 of Lenah Valley is a Civil Engineer and the API Research Fellow in the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems at the University of Tasmania. She submitted her PhD thesis in August 2009 and is undertaking research in the areas of renewable energy and experimental fluid dynamics. Jessica is investigating methods to make the delivery of water from dams to hydropower stations more efficient. She has presented her research at international conferences and has had numerous papers published. She lectures at the School of Engineering and volunteers her time to speak at schools. Jessica is Chair of Young Engineers Australia representing over 40,000 engineers nationally.

Forestry Tasmania Regional Initiative Award

Christopher Cusick, 29 of Nugent is an apprentice at Wursthaus. He is President of the Nugent Community & Sports Association and was until recently Secretary of South East Field and Game. Christopher is also on the steering committee for Bendigo Bank in the hope of opening up a community branch in Sorell. He organises “Clean up Australia” day, and events for the Bream Creek Show. The Bream Creek vs Nugent Football Match received a certificate of recognition for Community Event of the Year at the Australia Day awards. A ride on lawn mower race between Nugent & Bream Creek is the main event.


Fonterra Agricultural Award

Will Bignell, 27 of Sandy Bay is nearing the completion of his doctorate with UTAS and CSIRO. He is investigating enhancing long chain omega-3 content in Australian lamb and improving sheep production. Will also co-manages the family farm, "Thorpe", at Bothwell, as the 7th generation on the farm. He has a strong passion for sustainable agriculture and produces award winning, high quality produce for his customers. Will has been an active member in the community, donating time on the executives of University clubs and societies, agricultural advisory boards and helping to inspire students to undertake tertiary education.

 

2009 Winners

Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year    
Scott Brennan, 25 of Lindisfarne
 

Rio Tinto Alcan Community Service Award

Jessica Jacobson, 20 of Ulverstone spent twelve months overseas as an ambassador for Tasmania after finishing school. She returned with a passion to eradicate poverty. She is involved in Make Poverty History events and workshops and is also involved in Coat Day which has become an international event. Over 50,000 coats have been donated for those in need. Jessica was the longest serving President of youth group Enormity receiving Life Membership. She mentors at schools and speaks to community groups to raise awareness and funds for international human rights issues. Jessica spent time volunteering at an orphanage in India last year. She is also working hard to turn around poverty in Braddon. She was awarded the Central Coast Young Citizen Award for her community service.

MyState Financial Arts Award

Finegan Kruckemeyer, 27 of West Hobarthas had 27 plays commissioned and performed by professional theatre companies in Australia and America. Additionally Finegan has 17 new works set for professional seasons over the next 3 years in Australia, England, China, Spain, Singapore, Scotland and America. He has received key theatre awards and has taught drama and playwriting around Australia for the past 10 years. Finegan created and ran an integrated company in Hobart to include the disabled, has written works and performed in numerous national and international festivals. He is the Editor of national arts magazine Lowdown and sits on various arts boards and panels.

Spirit of Tasmania Award

Josh sutton
, 23 of Devonport started his apprenticeship as a chef at Essence Food and Wine in October 2002. After a change of business ownership in 2005 he took on the role as Head Chef, managing the complete kitchen operations. He is also the trainer of 3 apprentice chefs and 2 trainee chefs. Josh’s highlights include 1st place in the state-wide Whirlpool cooking competition. He was selected as Tasmania’s representative Chef in the "Produce of Heaven Campaign" which incorporated a fine dining dinner and tradeshow stand in Taipei, Taiwan. Josh volunteers with numerous organisations including the "Grans Van" charity organisation by preparing food and services to the homeless of Devonport and surrounds.

Print Applied Technology Sports Award

Scott Brennan, 25 of Lindisfarne was devastated with his 7th place at the 2004 Olympics and was determined to do better. He finished 1st in the national double and single scull in 2006. He suffered injury in 2007 but came back to compete in the Australian men’s double scull for the World Championships in Munich setting an Australian record in the regatta and placing 8th. In 2008 he came 1st in the National senior double scull and quad scull and 3rd in the Lucerne and Munich World Cups. Scott went through the Beijing Olympic regatta undefeated in the men’s double scull beating world and Olympic champions on the way to winning the gold medal. He has also completed his medical degree.

Hydro Tasmania Environment Award
    
Jan Zika, 26 of West Hobart is a Climate Scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric in Hobart and is currently completing his PhD. He was chosen as one of ten students from around the world to receive training in climate dynamics in the US. Jan has developed an innovative method for understanding the movement of heat and CO2 in the Ocean and improves models of the climate and global warming. His new “inverse method” is less sensitive to error than previous methods. His studies of the Southern Ocean and Atlantic are being published in international scientific journals with plans for collaborators to implement his techniques to the Global Ocean. He gives considerable time promoting science at schools and community events. Jan is also a volunteer with Amnesty International.

O Group Trade and Career Achievement Award

Brad Smith, 21 of Legana trades most nights on the US stock market and spends every day growing his businesses. Brad owns and operates 2 mini motocross superstores, runs an importing business and also a wholesale business. He designs his own brand of mini bike and has his own range of clothing, parts and accessories all under the brand name “Braaap”. He also owns several on-line businesses and is working towards franchising his specialised retail stores. He spends a great deal of time in China where his bikes are manufactured and attends shows and motocross events. Brad has been responsible for building 4 mini motocross tracks in Tasmania and has a vision to have mini tracks built near all local townships to keep young people off the streets.

TEMCO Science & Technology Award
    
Peter While, 27  of Hobartis a post-doctoral researcher in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. He was awarded a University Medal in 2003 and completed his PhD in mathematical physics in less than three years, at age 26. He has a formidable publication history in MRI coil design through numerous international publications and is a highly commended communicator, presenting his work as far afield as Berlin and Honolulu. His most recent work represents an entirely new design methodology for MRI scanners and has been described by experts in the field as a landmark step in MRI research. These designs promise to improve the performance of scanners and patient comfort during scanning and are to undergo testing in Queensland for commercial application.

Forestry Tasmania Regional Initiative Award

Melissa Krushka, 26 of Scottsdale has been volunteering for the Australian Breastfeeding Association in Northern Tasmania for over 8 years. She has given over 2,000 voluntary hours to supporting and educating breastfeeding mothers and their families. Melissa provides regular get-togethers for social and educational purposes for mothers in the Dorset area. She is the Locality Mother, Meeting Hostess, Library Officer, Community Educator and is a qualified Trainee Breastfeeding Counsellor. She also provides homed cooked meals for those who need extra help. Melissa annually organises a Parenting Facilities Tent at the Scottsdale Show and organised an ABA accredited Baby Care Room in Scottsdale. She is also President of the Scottsdale P & F Association.

  

2008 Winners

Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year
Aaron Mackril, 27 of Lenah Valley

Rio Tinto Alcan Community Service Award

Aaron Mackril, 27 of Lenah Valley was born with Cystic Fibrosis and was not expected to live into his teens. Falling very ill as a teenager, he was given a second chance at life when he received a double lung transplant. Since then, his health has improved and he now works as a Registered Nurse and also dedicates more than 20 hours each week to raising awareness of various causes including Cystic Fibrosis, diabetes and organ donation. Aaron has recently become President of Cystic Fibrosis, is an executive member of Transplant Australia and an integral member of Diabetes Australia working with teen diabetics.


MyState Financial Arts Award

Annika Koops, 24 of Beaumaris was awarded an Artist in Residence position at “Foundation B.a.d” in Rotterdam in early 2007 where she is working and researching. Annika was also awarded the prestigious Keith and Elizabeth Murdock Travelling Fellowship and has travelled extensively around Europe attending cultural events and visiting institutions where she will potentially finish her MFA. She has been a part of several shows and events in 2007 and held a solo exhibition of her paintings and photographic works at BUS Gallery. Recently she completed a show at “Art Rotterdam International Art Fair” and has been awarded a grant by Arts Tasmania for the production of a solo show scheduled for early 2009.


Spirit of Tasmania Award

Katy Pakinga, 27 of Burnie believes in making opportunities happen, not waiting for them to happen. In 2003 Katy created the contemporary Burnie Youth Choir and just 4 years later, the Choir won the best show/pop choir at the Performing Arts Challenge in Sydney. Katy has also opened her own successful performing arts studio “Encore”. She is an inspirational role model with significant success participating in, and coordinating numerous musical and other events. She has raised the profile of Burnie and Tasmania through many media stories across the country about her successes. Katy was rewarded with the Burnie Young Citizen Award in 2005 for her community contribution .


Print Applied Technology Sports Award

Scott Brennan, 25 of Lindisfarne achieved exceptional results as a junior rower, and in his first senior event won Gold in the quad scull in Lucerne at the World Cup. Scott was devastated with his seventh place at the 2004 Olympics and was determined to improve. He finished 1st in the interstate single scull in 2005 and 2006 and 1st in national double and single scull in 2006. After suffering a significant injury in 2007, he came back to compete in the Australian men’s double scull for the World Championships in Munich setting an Australian record in the regatta and placing 6th in the semi finals. Scott is now focused on the 2008 Olympics and completing his medical degree.


Hydro Tasmania Environment Award

Abyilene Dobson, 25 of Blackmans Bay is an environmental Health Officer with the Kingborough Council and is a Branch Councillor with the Australian Institute of Environmental Health. Her role is to ensure a healthy and safe environment through the implementation of public and environmental health programs. Abyilene conducts numerous education programs and coordinates projects including the Bruny Island Water Supply for which she received an Industry Award for her work. She has also recently undertaken volunteer work in Peru, South America to help improve education and hygiene standards about safety of the water and wastewater management to minimise contamination in the remote Angian mountain villages.


TAFE Tasmania Trade and Career Achievement Award

Leah Brown, 23 of Lindisfarne is a Barrister and Solicitor. She is the first Indigenous female lawyer in Tasmania and was the Aboriginal student representative at UTAS and also represented her community as President of the Aboriginal Centre. She attended the 1999 Youth Reconciliation Convention and the World Indigenous Peoples Convention on Education in Canada in 2002. She is the cofounder of Aboriginal Dance Groups and was awarded the 2003 Aborigine of the Year, later receiving the Centenary Medal of Australia. Leah is now actively involved in assisting with the creation of new government legislation to protect Aboriginal Heritage and assists traditional owners in the area of native title.


TEMCO Science & Technology Award

James Hamilton, 25 of West Launceston graduated with first class honours with a Bachelor in Engineering, and became the 2005 engineering graduate in profile. In 2007 he was named the Engineers Australia Young Mechanical Engineer of the Year. James has devoted the past two years to the design, commissioning and development of a commercial “vibrocompacted drained aluminium cell” for Rio Tinto Alcan, which reduces the environmental footprint with substantially lower power requirements. James recently initiated the “Engineering Advisory on Industrial Development” organisation and plans to further develop his “Total Environment and Conservation House” electronic education tool which is all about education for the home environment.


Forestry Tasmania Regional Initiative Award

Esther Rubenach, 24 of Gray dedicates over 50 hours in voluntary service each week. She is a volunteer ambulance officer and is also trained in road crash rescue in the State Emergency Service. During the devastating bush fires, Esther was called to an accident where a young fire fighter was killed. She volunteered to stay with the body to assist with execration even though burning trees were falling all around. Esther is also a driver for the Community Transport Service and is actively involved as a member and past secretary of the Tasmanian Lymphoedema Centre at St Marys. She is enrolled in Nursing in 2008, but travels to Launceston rather than relocating, so that she can continue her community activities.

 

2007 Winners 

Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year    
Phillip Pullinger, 26 of Hobart

 

Rio Tinto Alminium Community Service Award

Jessica Brown, 23 of Howrah is passionately committed and dedicated to community service work which has inspired many young people to make volunteering an important part of their lives to. Overcoming significant personal challenge, she has achieved a great deal including an Advanced Diploma and University Degrees. Jessica is proud of her Aboriginality and is a Mentor for the Aboriginal Personal Pathways Program and she is the Primary Carer for her grandmother as well as a Targa Tasmania volunteer. Jessica for many years has contributed significant voluntary hours to the Tasmania Fire Service, and is also a Project Team member and a volunteer Training Instructor for the Fire Service.


islandstate Arts Award
    
Pete Cornelius, 23 of St Marysreleased his first CD “stepping out in blue” at just 13. In 1999 Pete Cornelius and the DeVilles were formed and on their second tour, along with many Festivals they performed at the Australian Blues Festival in Goulburn and the Frankston International Guitar Festival in Victoria. Pete was awarded the Best Blues/Jazz Guitarist Award at both Festivals. The band has since toured Australia on numerous occasions. The band has produced many CD’s and has successfully toured the US twice and also the UK. Pete signed an endorsement deal with Fender, produced a CD with Chicago Blues star Steve Avery and is now also coordinator of the Falmouth Festival.


Spirit of Tasmania Award

Robyn McKinnon
, 23 of Longford Age
is a survivor of sexual abuse. Moving to Tasmania at 18, she now uses her personal life experience to assist hurting and broken young people. Robyn is dedicated to raising awareness of the prevalence and effects of Child Sexual Abuse and developing programs to support young people in their transition to adulthood. She is also coordinator of the Rural Co-Pilots program in the Northern Midlands aimed to help and encourage young people to reach their full potential and has trained over 40 people to become mentors of programs that she organises for young people. Robyn is also a member of the Tasmanian Youth Consultative Committee and other community organisations.


Printing Authority of Tasmania Sports Award

Johanna Allston, 21 of Fern Tree became the Senior and Junior World Champion in Orienteering at only 20. She is the first non European to win an orienteering medal and the first orienteer ever to win a Gold Medal at both Junior and Senior levels. Hanny is also the first junior to win at senior level in the 40 year history of senior World Championships. She is an amazing athlete with an amazing training regime and holds a TIS scholarship. Locally she runs training camps for Tasmanian orienteers and provides coaching and support in running club events. At school Hanny achieved a National TER score of 98.75 and is now studying medicine in and around her sport.


Hydro Tasmania Environment Award
    
Phillip Pullinger, 26 of Hobart is a medical doctor with a passion for environmental protection and a commitment to public health issues. He has made a significant contribution to a number of key environmental groups including the Cam River Action Group, The Wilderness Society, Doctors For Forests and Environment Tasmania. Phillip was President of the Tarkine National Coalition and was a founding member and is the current convenor of Environment Tasmania a peak environment group focused on forest, marine and coastal conservation with 22 environment group members representing over 5500 Tasmanians.


TAFE Tasmania Career Achievement Award

Adrian Bold, 25 of Hobart established an innovative media business at only 19 years of age while still studying full time at University. 5 years on, his company has grown into a dynamic, sustainable and profitable business, achieving annual sales growth of 200%. Clients range from publicly listed development firms to Government Agencies. Adrian’s business produces 3D Digital Content that leads the way internationally in 3D technology, visually communicating new projects before they exist. Adrian has become a sought after speaker, was the 2004 Australasian Student Entrepreneur of the Year and was selected as one of 12 leading global young entrepreneurs.


TEMCO Science & Technology Award
    
Luke Bereznicki, 26 of Kingston graduated from the School of Pharmacy with first class honours and was an inaugural recipient of a National Institute of Clinical Studies PhD Scholarship. His research has been focused on strategies to improve the quality of anticoagulants particularly with the drug Warfarin in the hospital and community settings. Luke has published numerous international papers and has won many awards and was the 2006 National Prescribing Service Quality Use of Medicine Student of the Year for his pioneering achievements in the field. Luke is also a lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the Tasmanian School of Pharmacy.


Forestry Tasmania Regional Initiative Award

Karena Brown, 23 of Burnie left school at a young age, working hard to save money towards her vision and dream of owning her own child care business. At only 19 she started “Maddington Child Services”. Working long hours from home providing children’s parties and “in home” carer services, the business expanded rapidly. Karena rented a derelict property and after totally renovating it, achieved her dream of being able to service her community through her own child care centre. In the past 12 months the business has flourished and Karena has opened another 3 fully licensed centres with plans for another 2. KLB Enterprises is now one of the largest child care facilities in Tasmania.

 

2006 Winners 

Premiers Young Achiever of the Year    
Jyoti Chuckowree, 26 of South Hobart

 

Comalco Community Service Award

April Chivers, 18 of Lenah Valley has overcome significant personal adversity, always putting others first. April was extremely active at Claremont College and is an active member of the Glenorchy Youth Task Force participating in many projects such as the 2005 long lunch, big breakfast bash and “Butt Ugly” a very successful anti smoking education program. April prepares and presents workshops, conferences and consults with committees on youth issues and is a member of the Tasmanian Youth Consultative Committee. She volunteers for the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania, MS Society and World Vision. Suffering from depression, April is now working on a project to help other young people with depression.


islandstate Arts Award
    
William Lane, 23 of Sandy Bay is a violinist of local, national and international acclaim. In 2004 William toured Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra and upon winning the Claudio Alcorso Scholarship fulfilled residencies in Europe and the US. William has performed solo in Italy, Austria, Iceland, the USA and Mexico, with highlights including performances at the International Viola Congress in Iceland and an all Mozart performance at the Ponchielli Theatre in Italy. Recently William won 2 prizes at an international performance competition in Rome.


Spirit of Tasmania Award
    
Robert Gane, 22 of Devonporthas overcome many personal obstacles to achieve. His battles which begun when he was an infant included multiple cancer tumours requiring weekly trips to Melbourne for intensive treatment, tuberculosis and double pneumonia. Despite these setbacks and in remission he has gone on to become a double scholarship winner at University, vice president at his College and a graduate with honours in Engineering being awarded a full blue for representing Tasmania in Rugby Union. Robert plays many sports, is active in Scouts and having been a Camp Quality Camper for many years is now giving back as a Camp Quality Companion encouraging and inspiring young people with cancer.


Printing Authority of Tasmania Sports Award

Mark Jamieson, 21 of Acacia Hills is an AIS Track Endurance Scholarship holder who has won many national and international titles. In 2005 Mark won the Individual Pursuit and the teams’ pursuit at the National Track Championships and was named the Australian Track Champs Rider of the Year. Mark came third at the Los Angeles World Track Championships in the Teams Pursuit, second in the Individual Pursuit at the Madrid Track World Cup and won in the Teams Pursuit at the Moscow Track World Cup.

Matthew Goss, 19 of Prospect is an AIS Junior Track/Road Cycling Scholarship holder based in Italy. Matthew has won many national and international titles and was the 2004 Junior World Champion. In 2005 in seniors he won the teams’ pursuit and came second in the points’ race at the National Track Championships. Matthew came third at the Los Angeles World Track Championships in the Teams Pursuit, first in the Teams Pursuit at the Moscow Track World Cup and first in a stage of the Tour of Japan and second in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

Hydro Tasmania Environment Award
    
Lucy Harlow, 26 of Lenah Valley is currently undertaking her PhD within the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Lucy has volunteered and assisted with numerous Science programs and is researching Toxic algal blooms which are a worldwide threat to aquaculture, fisheries, tourism and public health. Lucy has successfully developed methods for genetic identification of toxic algae using molecular tools. She has designed and developed a gene probe to detect toxic micro-algae in environmental samples, including ship ballast water which will be essential to prevent the introduction of algae to ports. Lucy’s research has been published in several prestigious journals.

TAFE Tasmania Career Achievement Award

Chris Johnson, 26 of Hobart is the Station Manager of vibrant Hobart community youth radio station, Edge Radio 99.3FM. Through great vision and energy Chris has taken Edge from a fledgling station in 2002 to become an intrinsic part of Hobart’s youth scene. Chris is well positioned to manage the station with qualifications in audio engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and human geography together with years of technical experience and a solid grounding in local music. Chris has been heavily involved and totally dedicated in all areas of the station from its very beginnings, including sales, promotions, music, technical and management.

TEMCO Science & Technology Award
    
Jyoti Chuckowree, 26 of South Hobartcompleted her Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours as a member of the NeuroRepair Group at the University of Tasmania, recently submitting her PhD. Jyoti’s research focuses on how the adult brain responds to trauma following injury and that precursor cells contribute to brain healing. These discoveries have highlighted aspects of the brain’s response to injury that may be targeted to promote recovery from brain trauma. Jyoti has presented her work at numerous conferences and her research has been published in several prestigious international journals. Jyoti has recently been awarded a CJ Martin Fellowship, which will see her travel to Switzerland to research for 2 years.

Forestry Tasmania Regional Initiative Award

Damian Atkins, 26 of Delorainegrew up on a dairy, sheep and beef farm. After his studies, an apprenticeship on his parents operation and a position with a Victorian artificial breeding firm, Damian purchased North West Breeding Services. Damian regularly travels overseas to inspect donor animals, learn new genetic advancements and source genetic material from 40 countries for importation whilst bringing back international best practice. The business has fast become the biggest independent genetics provider in Tasmania and one of the largest in Australia with two of the worlds’ largest genetics suppliers currently negotiating to buy Damian’s business.

 

2005 Winners

Southern Cross Young Achiever of the Year   
Amy Cutler, 25 of West Launceston 

 

Comalco Community Service Award

Thuy Shaw
, 24 of West Hobart
 arrived in Australia as a “boat person” in the 1980’s and knows too well the hardships and trauma that face refugees. The Seven Seas, Seven Sands, 7-day Refugee Week festival is testament to her passion for helping refugees. She advocates for refugees and has educated professionals and community members alike through cross cultural awareness training. Thuy has been a keynote speaker at many conferences talking about barriers and hardships. She also featured in the documentaries “Finding the Tasmanian voice” and “Bonza girls” as well as being amongst the Mercury’s Top ten Tasmanians to watch in 2005.


Hobart Ports Corporation Arts Award

Amy Cutler, 25 of West Launceston grew up studying violin, piano and voice. In 1997 she won a scholarship to the Queensland Conservatorium completing her Bachelor of Music in Voice with Professor Janet Delpratt. Amy has performed professionally in Opera, Cabaret and with the Orchestra and Ballet, releasing her first classical CD in 2003. As well as singing, Amy has developed a career writing music, winning the Noise/Triple J remix competition as well as co-writing the theme song for the international children's television show "The Sleepover Club." Amy won 2 National Musicoz awards for original music in 2004 and is currently working on an original orchestral recording.


Printing Authority of Tasmania Sports Award

Matthew Wells, 26 of Glenorchy is Co-Captain of the Australian Mens Hockey Team, first representing Australia in 1995. Matthew was a member of the gold medal winning Junior World Cup team in 1997 before being selected in the national senior squad in 1998. He has represented Australia in many major tournaments, winning gold in the 2004 Olympic Games; bronze in the 2000 Olympic Games; silver in the 2002 World Cup and gold in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Matthew also plays in the National Hockey League for the Tassie Tigers and some of his awards include the 2001 and 2003 League’s Best and Fairest and the 2003 Australian International Player of the Year.


Hydro Tasmania Environment Award
  

Rachel Anderson, 26 of Glenlusk completed her Science Degree at the University of Tasmania in 2001 and graduated with Honours, majoring in Environmental Science. Rachel has continued her research into saving the habitat and the endangered Ptunarra Brown Butterfly whilst undertaking her PhD. Rachel is involved with many community groups working on various environmental projects. She also works with children in schools helping them undertake environmental research and establish Butterfly Gardens. Rachel is also an Environmental Consultant for Guides Tasmania, encouraging all Units to include environmental activities in their program.

The Apprenticeships Specialist Career Achievement Award

Anthony Scotney, 23 of Sandy Bay graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science and Information Systems. He then established JadeLiquid Software Pty Ltd to develop software tools that would enhance the Java programming language. In 2003 Anthony obtained investment from In-tellinc Pty Ltd to commercialise these innovations. Anthony’s first product WebRenderer is widely accepted within the international Java community and has achieved sales into 13 countries spanning North America, Europe and Asia. In two years Anthony has established JadeLiquid as one of Tasmania’s most successful emerging technology companies.


TEMCO Science & Technology Award
   

Fiona Poke, 25 of South Hobart completed a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours at the University of Tasmania in 2001 and received several awards including a University Medal. Fiona is completing a PhD focusing on finding and developing ways of improving the wood quality of Eucalyptus globules, the main hardwood plantation species grown in temperate Australia and around the world. This work will help optimize productivity from plantations and reduce environmental impacts through the improvement of wood quality. Fiona has had two papers published in scientific journals and was invited to speak at an International Eucalyptus conference in Portugal.

Forestry Tasmania Regional Initiative Award

Matthew Hill, 21 of Norfolk is committed to the importance of valuing young people with his involvement in government youth advisory groups and peak government and non-government youth organisations. He has held management and leadership roles within Derwent Valley Online Access Centres, Derwent Valley Community House, Derwent Valley Economic Renewal Group, New Norfolk Historic Information Centre, New Norfolk Township Revitalisation Committee and the New Norfolk Scout Troop. Matthew has helped organise the New Norfolk Christmas Parade and Derwent Valley Council Australia Day Celebrations and is currently involved in the New Norfolk Lions Club and Bushy Park Show Society.

 


2004 Winners

Premier's Young Achiever of the Year    
Dr Roger Chung, 26 achieved first class honours in Biochemistry and in 2003 was awarded his PhD. Roger is currently a Research Fellow within the NeuroRepair Group at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. His research focuses on understanding how the brain responds to injury or disease. Roger has discovered the ability of a brain protein named metallothionein to directly promote brain recovery following brain injury. This discovery may have clinical applications leading to the development of a treatment for brain trauma patients. Roger has won many awards, published numerous papers, including the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience, and has presented his work at many conferences and forums internationally

 

Hydro Tasmania Environment Award 
    
Natalia Rodriguez
, 23 is currently studying for a Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness at the University of Tasmania. Natalia volunteers a significant number of hours as the Community Liaison Officer for the Lilydale Landcare Group. She is also very active in Green Corps, Conservation Volunteers, Clean Up Australia, National Tree Planting, the Tamar Region Natural Resource Management Strategy and other Weed Strategy Initiatives.


Comalco Community Service Award
    
Emma Butler, 24 was born with cerebral palsy. All of her limbs are affected and she requires daily support. Emma is a driving force for Arts Roar Accessible Arts Project, particularly in her role as secretary, averaging 20 voluntary hours each week. Emma also does a great deal for Independent Services. These services cater for the creative and recreational needs of people with disabilities. Emma also has a passion for directing videos that highlight social issues faced by people with disabilities. Emma is a well-known spokesperson for people with a disability, and regularly speaks at forums, conferences and training sessions.


Hobart Ports Corporation Arts Award
    
Ben van Tienen, 20 is an extremely talented and versatile artist. His first award, the “Brenda Hean Memorial Award” came in 1997 when he was only 14. The accolades have just kept coming for his singing and piano performances and recitals. Ben has won the Lady Cross Trophy at the Hobart Eisteddfod for the past three years. He conducted his first musical at 16 and has been the Musical Director for the Tasmanian Song Company for the past three years, as well as directing for Annie, La Cage aux Folles, Jesus Christ Superstar and Chicago to name a few. Ben is now furthering his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Temco Science & Technology Award
    
Dr Roger Chung, 26 achieved first class honours in Biochemistry and in 2003 was awarded his PhD. Roger is currently a Research Fellow within the NeuroRepair Group at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. His research focuses on understanding how the brain responds to injury or disease. Roger has discovered the ability of a brain protein named metallothionein to directly promote brain recovery following brain injury. This discovery may have clinical applications leading to the development of a treatment for brain trauma patients. Roger has won many awards, published numerous papers, including the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience, and has presented his work at many conferences and forums internationally.

Printing Authority of Tasmania Sports Award 

Kerry Hore, 22 has been an outstanding and consistent achiever for many years winning numerous awards including the 2003 Tasmanian Institute of Sport Female and Overall Athlete of the Year. Kerry is nearing completion of her Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Tasmania, currently studying by correspondence so that she can focus on the 2004 Athens Olympics. Kerry has won state and national titles including Gold in the Womens Double and Quad sculls. In July 2003 Kerry won Gold at the World Cup in Luzern followed by Gold in the Quad sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Milan.

Forestry Tasmania Regional Initiative Award
    
Matthew Young, 26 is a young farmer making a significant contribution on the family vegetable, crop, cattle and sheep farm. Matthew is heavily involved in Rural Youth and has held committee positions for the Devonport Club since joining in 1994. He has also been involved in Agfest since 1995. Matthew has won many awards including Tasmanian Rural Youth Young Farmer of the Year and National Young Farmer of the Year and is on many committees and advisory teams including the National Farmers Young Farmers Forum and Young Rural Leaders.

The Apprenticeship Specialist Career Achievement Award 
    
Fiona Bakes, 25 is the owner operator of Reflections Dance Studio, a high energy modern studio catering for all ages developing and inspiring a wide range of dance and theatrical techniques. Since Fiona has taken ownership of the business, student numbers have doubled and profit has increased by 250%. In addition to the three fully equipped studios’ in the Burnie facility, additional classes are held in Wynyard and Ulverstone. Graduation for the 600 students each year is one of the biggest annual events held in Burnie with over 2000 guests in attendance. Fiona’s next aim is to introduce drama to the studio.