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Youth Recognised at Awards Presentation

15 April 2019


The 2019 Youth Recognition Awards were presented in front of a record crowd at the Beachport Golf Club last Thursday evening. The venue had to be changed prior to the event, due to an outstanding response from the community.

“Over 70 people gathered at the Beachport Golf Club to applaud the outstanding young individuals involved,” Council’s Manager Economic Development, Roger Babolka said.

“The achievements of these young people in both the local and wider community, are enormous and often not recognised. Council acknowledges their important and valuable contributions and is pleased that through the awards program an opportunity for recognition is given.”

There were four award categories presented on the night. Recognising the outstanding efforts of youth aged 12-25 years. All nominees received a certificate of recognition and each of the overall award winners also received a glass plaque and $200 prize money.

Awards presented on the night included:

Contributions to the Community - Sponsored by the Medical Clinic Millicent
Recognising a young individual who has made a positive contribution to the community, has volunteered their time to help others and/or is an active member of the community
Jointly awarded to Tara McNichol for her work assisting victims of domestic violence, along with the junior members of the Beachport Surf Lifesaving Club for their continued service as outstanding community volunteers.

Overcoming Challenging Life Situation – Sponsored by Wattle Range Council
Recognising a young individual who has displayed exceptional determination and stamina as they overcome significant life challenges.
Awarded to Brooke Littlewood for her work in mental health awareness and suicide prevention through sharing her own story, community group involvement and fundraising for the cause.

Achievement through the Arts & Culture – Sponsored by Kimberly Clark Australia
Recognising a young individual who is actively engaging in their community through the preservation of cultural practices and arts, those who share personal expression through visual or performing arts, and those who cultivate youth voice through media and digital art forms.
Awarded to Jack Francis for his outstanding photographic talents. Jack is an emerging young photographer who has won accolades for his photography.

Learning Success - Sponsored by Glen Carron Transport
Recognising a young individual who works to continually improve themselves or assists others in learning outcomes.
Awarded to Ellie Leopold who following on from her highly successful and decorated completion of year 12 studies has since completed a traineeship, been awarded 2018 Limestone Coast Trainee of the Year and is now continuing her academic success whilst pursuing tertiary study in Adelaide.

The Wattle Range Youth Recognition Awards are made possible through the sponsorship provided for four consecutive years by the Millicent Medical Clinic, Glen Carron Transport and Kimberly Clark Australia (Millicent Mill).

“Once again Council would like to thank the generous sponsors of the awards, the nominees and their supporters in assisting Council to recognise deserving youth of our region,” Mr Babolka concluded.




Youth members of the Beachport Surf Lifesaving Club announced 
joint winners of the Contribution to Community Award 

Tara McNicol accepts the joint Contribution to Community Award
from Kerri Betts on behalf of sponsor Millicent Medical Clinic



Brooke Littlewood is presented with
the Overcoming Challenging Life Situation Award 
by Wattle Range Councillor Kevin McGrath

Jack Francis is awarded
the Achievement Through Arts & Culture Award
by Wattle Range Councillor Sharon Cox


For further information please contact:

Roger Babolka, Manager Economic Development
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0900




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