Young Legends 2017

youngCongratulations to the 2017 State Winner for Young Legends:



State Finalists for the 2017 Young Legends Award were:

Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Coral Bay
West Arthur

os Lion Club

leosLeos Clubs are a youth arm of the Lions club and aim to encourage youth to develop leadership qualities by supporting and organising community events and programs. Waroona recently saw the formation of their first ever Leos Club and has a membership base of 25 youth from ages 12 – 18.

The formation of the Leos Lion club came about after the Waroona/Yarloop fire when local youth were looking for ways to volunteer and support their local community. Two eager youth took it upon themselves to go on a recruitment drive to find new members and did this by visiting and speaking to students at the local schools.

They have now started taking on their own projects which have included tree planting, wood raffles, cooking for NAIDOC week, and organising busy bees for elderly residents. In addition, they have supported numerous local events such as the Waroona Show, Australia Day and Movies under the stars.

This club, provides the youth of Waroona with the opportunity to build their leadership skills and confidence through community service, participation and positive action to helps others.

Jayson Ford

jayson fordJayson (22yrs) is an emerging leader in Albany. Over a three year period, Jayson advocated for lights to be installed at the Eyre Park basketball court near Middleton Beach. Jayson has a passion for basketball and has shown the determination that the lights should be installed to give young people the opportunity to play at the court after dark. 

His actions included seeking assistance from Albany’s State MP Peter Watson about how to organize a petition, getting people to sign it and submitting it to the City of Albany.  Over that period of time, Jayson kept requesting updates from the City on how his idea was progressing.

His positive action has now paid off, and Jayson’s request was included in the Coastal Parks Enhancement Plan and solar lights will be installed at the court in spring 2017.    Jayson is to be commended for his idea and diligence in following it through. A fantastic achievement for Jayson and for Albany.

Zabidi Abedin

zabidi Zabidi Abedin (20 yrs) is an exceptional young man who is known for his leadership and as a mentor and friend to other young people.  Having completed his schooling in Perth and since returning to Cocos he has volunteered his time and energy to a range of activities and events on Home Island. 

Zabidi can be credited for introducing Rugby to Cocos and has led and coached a new team of 14 and participated in an inaugural Inter Island Sports Competition where the teams won both titles for Rugby League and Touch Rugby.

Zabidi is popular for his friendliness and support of younger children, his willingness to give time freely and is looked upon by older people as an important young person who will one day be a future community leader.  He is also a volunteer fire brigade member.

Coral Bay
Emily Kirby – Boomerang Bags

emily kirbyIn 2017 Coral Bay resident, Emily Kirby aged 23,  implemented the boomerang bag initiative. Emily made 40 bags to give to locals as reusable shopping bags to reduce the use of single use plastic bags, so that the local residents could set an example for the tourists that visit Coral Bay. Emily and her group of volunteers have created another 132 bags that are used under the boomerang bag principle and are left at the front of the shopping centre for people to use and return.

The bags are made out of donated recycled or reused material scraps, doona covers, pillow cases, curtains and tee shirts and are screen printed with the Coral Bay Conservation Group logo.

This project is run solely by volunteers and receives no external funding and is a great example of young people taking on a challenge, overcoming impediments and making a difference to their local community and the environment.

West Arthur
Sophie Telfer


Sophie is passionate about bridging the gap between country and city and promoting her region. This impressive young legend was a finalist in the Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards 2016.  She was also a finalist in the 2016 Young Achiever Awards.

Her endeavours include producing the 2017 Wheatbelt Road Safety calendar, road safety statistics, and photographs of Wheatbelt roads with profits donated to local emergency services. This project was featured in the RAC’s “It’s My Elephant” campaign, designed to promote road safety in the Wheatbelt region. 

Sophie also managed the Wheatbelt Walking Challenge, funded by the Foundation for Young Australians “Innovation Nation” program – an online challenge with over 200 participants. The challenge helped participants improve their overall fitness and connect with others around the region. In addition to this, she managed the  ‘Wheatbelt Local’– an online blog/editorial designed to connect and assist local residents.

Previously Sophie was the Shire of West  Arthur Youth's Representative in the Tidy Towns National Awards (2011).  She also produced a Water Safety flip book and has been involved in the Youth Advisory Council. 

MEEDAC Helping Hands 

youngMEEDAC provide a single point of contact for job seekers and employers in the Midwest region. Participants undertake tasks for the community and in doing so attain valuable job skills. A majority of Yalgoo youth under the age of 25 years are MEEDAC workers.

The MEEDAC Helping Hands project involves young people undertaking a variety of tasks set by the Shire, environmental or historical groups (e.g. grounds and building maintenance and enhancement). An important Helping Hands task undertaken in Yalgoo is assisting people who would otherwise find it difficult to upkeep or maintain their yards or gardens.

MEEDAC participants are involved with setting up the Men’s Shed and Family Shed. The Men’s Shed will allow time and space for fathers to bond with their sons and be able to teach them their culture. 

Participants and young people also built a community garden; propagated herbs and vegetable seeds and seedlings for the gardens; and created a Nature Play garden for children and family members at the Community Hall.