Young Legends

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Congratulations to the 2016 State Winner for Young Legends: 





Bike Rack Project


The original idea for the Bike Rack Project resulted from consultation with Paraburdoo Youth Centre (PYC) and Paraburdoo Shire’s Capacity Manager. Five unique bike racks were installed in key locations around the town centre - the indoor cricket nets, swimming pool, skate park, shopping centre and high school bus stand. Funding came from a partnership between Rio Tinto and the Shire of Ashburton ($19,150) and the project was supported by the Paraburdoo Men’s Shed volunteers.

The PYC hosted workshops to gather youth input on preferred locations, materials to be used and the method of construction. Designs chosen were: a cricket set, pick axes, TNT blow, volunteer names and a ship. 

The Men’s Shed held community welding and grinding skills workshops in February 2015. Fifteen youth attended the workshops, which were promoted through the PYC, and designed and worked on the bike rack project. Twenty members of the Men’s Shed assisted, working 600 volunteer hours. 

The designs were laser cut in Perth and assembled and welded by the youth and members of the Men’s Shed. The project was completed in March 2016. Four of the youth were presented with $50 iTunes vouchers at the Paraburdoo Bike Week Event.

The project has had significant outcomes for Paraburdoo, such as: new infrastructure, strong community consultation and increased local youth pride.


Bush Ranger Cadets

buAlbany Secondary Education Support Centre’s group of thirteen Bush Ranger cadets have either an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment. Through the cadet program, they learn about environmental sustainability, gain confidence and make a valuable contribution to the community.

Some of their project work includes regular litter and rubbish clean ups at Salmon Holes and other beaches; photo-monitoring with Department of Fisheries at Salmon Holes; weed eradication in various locations; tree-planting on National Tree Day; fundraising  to purchase 20 first aid kits to send to schools overseas; and volunteering at Camp Quaranup, Strawberry Hill Farm and Hawthorn House.


Zoe Manuel

kZoe Manuel is a 15-year-old local girl who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of three. She is an active community member who participates in numerous events, volunteers her time to various causes and raises awareness and money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Zoe has a passion for modelling and the beauty industry. Entering various pageants allows her to combine this interest with her passion for community participation and fundraising. Over the past year, Zoe has raised money for the Leukaemia Foundation; visited the children’s ward at Princess Margaret Hospital and Ronald McDonald House; actively supported the Starlight Foundation; and volunteered at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group nursery and assisted with its children’s activities at the Goldfields KidsFest.


Kadisen ‘Kadi’ King


Meekatharra NAIDOC Young Person of the Year 2015, 20-year-old, Kadisen (Kadi) King, grew up in Meekatharra where she completed high school. Since 2014 she has worked as the Meekatharra Community Resource Centre trainee, and studies business online with TAFE. 

Kadi’s engaging personality and achievements make her an outstanding role model in her community. In fact Kadi’s direct influence inspired her niece, who was nominated Junior NAIDOC Person of the Year 2015. Kadi demonstrates a consistent and ‘can do’ approach to promoting the values of the Meeka Goes Green Committee (MGG), and brings invaluable local insight into the community. Kadi says that she is ‘always happy to have a go and help out and do anything to help the town.’

Kadi, the youngest person on the committee, has been involved in MGG events and recycling and litter prevention projects since 2013. In September 2015, she took on the role of secretary. One of Kadi’s great recycling ideas is to create candle holders from bottles (at the moment glass cannot be recycled in Meekatharra). Kadi’s involvement also includes designing the prize-winning MGG float for the Meeka Festival (September 2015), helping with the MGG stall at the six weekly Meeka Markets, judging in the Best Garden Competition and fundraising by helping run a quiz night. 


Lachlan (Lachy) Thomas

lachyLachy is a year 9 student at Newman High School who has made significant contributions to the community. As a result, Lachy was awarded the 2015 East Pilbara International Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Lachy volunteered with Saving Animals from Euthanasia Karratha (SAFE) and at the Outback Native Animal Rehabilitation and Carers’ Association. Lachy also has a passion for fauna and helped at the vet clinic in town.

Lachy was a participant in the V-Swans Kicking Goals program at Newman Senior High School.  V-Swans have a partnership with BHP Billiton, West Coast Eagles, Swan Districts Football Club and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to transfer skills from the sporting field to achieve educational outcomes in the classroom. Lachy was awarded the V-Swans Kicking Goals Volunteer of the Year Award 2015.

He coached and was field umpire for ten weeks for the Kicking Goals program and taught and encouraged children aged from 4-8 to develop their skills and knowledge of football. Additionally he coached second year participants in skills, tactics and appropriate on and off field behaviour.

Hannah Petrickovic, Arts and Cultural Development Officer, at the Shire of East Pilbara said - “parents, teachers and peers only have positive comments to say about Lachy”.



Port & South Hedland

Youth Involvement Council building

yicThe Youth Involvement Council (YIC)  has been operating in Hedland for over 25 years, providing education programs, support services and accommodation for youth from disadvantaged and troubled backgrounds.  YIC services and its 15 staff were spread around several sites in Hedland and four years of planning has resulted in the $11 million facility officially opening in June 2016.

Construction on the new purpose-built facility started in April 2015. The centre has improved the organisation’s facilities and has created opportunities for new programs, such as Deadly Hearts for five to ten year olds.  Local Kariyarra Elders were consulted in the building's design and use of Aboriginal names. Art by Jilulga Murry has been incorporated into the building’s layout. 

There is an outdoor classroom, youth centre, social enterprise centre (with commercial catering facilities), offices, staff housing, garage and storage. Funding for the facility was provided by BHP Billiton.  

The attractive building and centralised location is assisting YIC to connect with youth. Youth have painted table tennis tables and have opportunities to attend after school and train for employment through the new social enterprise.   Contact has increased to 150 youth clients in this period.

Please click below to read more about State Winners:

Environmental Sustainability
Litter Prevention and Waste Management
Heritage and Culture
Environmental Education
Communty Action and Wellbeing
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