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2017 Youth Awards

2017 Youth Awards

The 2017 Mount Alexander Youth Awards celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of young people in the shire by:

• Recognising the diverse range of personal and community achievements of local young people
• Encouraging young people in their chosen interests
• Providing role models for other young people

The awards are open to anyone aged between 12 and 25 who live, work, study or play in Mount Alexander Shire by recognising the diverse range of personal and community achievements of local young people through five different award categories.

Youth Awards 2017

Congratulations to winners and nominees of the 2017 Mount Alexander Youth Awards, which recognise the fantastic work that young people are doing in our shire.

People of all ages came together on Friday 31 March to have some fun and celebrate National Youth Week at a festival in Castlemaine. Council announced the winners of the 2017 Mount Alexander Youth Awards to recognise the skills and varied ways that young people are contributing to the shire.

The recipients are:

• Suilven Byrne – Youth Leadership Award in Music and the Arts
• Owen Shooter – Youth Leadership Award in the Community
• John Watson – Youth Leadership Award in Sport and Recreation
• Chloe Burton – Youth Leadership Award in the Workplace
• Owen Shooter – Youth Leadership Award in the Environment

The award celebrations are part of National Youth Week.

2017 Mount Alexander Youth Award Winners

Owen Shooter
Youth Leadership Award in the Community
Youth Leadership Award in the Environment

Owen is an inspiring young leader contributing in many ways to our community and the environment. He not only stands up for his beliefs, but is a passionate volunteer, fundraiser and public speaker. Owen participated in OzGreen’s Youth Leading the World Congress and travelled to Newcastle last year with other local people to participate in a coal port blockade to support and advocate keeping coal in the ground. This included speaking publicly on the topic at Youth Parliament, on MAINfm radio and the Lions Club Youth of the Year event. Owen was the Media Leader for the Castlemaine Youth Parliament Team last year and continues to be an active member of Council’s Youth Advisory Group. Along with advocating on local issues, Owen attended regional Youth Forums, and ran a forum for students at Castlemaine Secondary College. He then presented the findings to Councillors. Owen volunteers on the Youth Space Committee and has single handily run a Relay for Life event in Castlemaine, with plans for a Dance for Life fundraiser for cancer. Owen was named winner of the Castlemaine Lions Club Youth Leader Final competition, is Captain of Castlemaine Secondary College and also volunteers and works at the Chewton Pool. He was also nominated for the Mount Alexander Young Citizen of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to our community.

Suilven Byrne
Youth Leadership Award in Music and the Arts

Suilven is a young musician and performer, who not only sings beautifully, but is also an accomplished saxophonist, actor, ballet and contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher and more. For the past two years Suilven has been involved in many performances, working with community groups and immersing herself in the creative community. Some of Suilven’s achievements include performing and choreographing various productions at Castlemaine Secondary College and Over the Moon Dance Studio, playing in local bands and recording her own CD, Jigsaw. Suilven has shown leadership through volunteering with various dance workshops and recitals, along with mentoring young students at Music Camp and VCE dance classes. She continues to choreograph productions, busk around town and recently performed at the Castlemaine State Festival. Suilven is an influential member of the community and will go on to study a Performing Arts course next year.

John Watson
Youth Leadership Award in Sport and Recreation

John is a dedicated young sports person who shows strong leadership and commitment to his local sporting community. Along with playing senior football in the Castlemaine Football Netball Club, John has coached an under 14s team since 2015. Through his dedication, attitude, communication skills and knowledge of the game, he has successfully coached the team to premiership level. Many young players continue to play under him to this day. John volunteers his free time whilst still playing senior football and A Grade cricket, working and meanwhile completing an outdoor education degree through La Trobe University. John is a local young person giving his all back to the local community.

Chloe Burton
Youth Leadership Award in the Workplace

Since beginning with the Organisational Development team at Council in 2015, Chloe has demonstrated exception skills and a strong work ethic, successfully completing a traineeship and Certificate IV in Business. Chloe’s professional manner and approach has opened many opportunities. She has undertaken work placements in other areas including Customer Service, Development Services and the CEO office. Last year Chloe was invited to participate in the Young Industry Ambassador Program and will soon visit schools in the shire to speak to students about her journey in the workplace and to raise awareness of career options within Council and the human resources industry sector.

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