Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards


Following the inaugural Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards held earlier this year, Nillumbik Shire Council are proud to present the awards for a second year.

Tying in with International Women's Day celebrations, these awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of young women in Nillumbik to their communities.

Nominations for 2021 will be accepted across the following categories:

  1. Nillumbik Young Woman of the Year – Young women making a difference and leading change in Nillumbik
  2. Young Creative Leader -Young women using creative arts to represent, motivate and inspire community
  3. Young Sports Leader - Young women who lead and inspire others to participate in sport and physical activity 
  4. Young Gender Equity Leader – Young women championing gender equity, wellbeing and freedom from violence for every women and girl
  5. Young Environment leader – Young women protecting and enhancing the environment
  6. Young Business Leader Young women leading the way in local business

Women and those who identify as female aged 12-25 who live, work, study, volunteer or play in Nillumbik and have made an outstanding contribution to our community are invited to self-nominate. Friends and family can also nominate a deserving individual.

Nominations open on 2 November and will close on 20 December 2020.

Before submitting a nomination we recommend reading through the Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards Information Document(PDF, 446KB) below covering, eligibility, selection and assessment criteria.

Submit a nomination now

For more information on the Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards please contact Nicola Clutton, Youth Development Officer on 9433 3156 or email


2020 Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Award Winners

Young Carer Award

Jhemma Hall received the Young Carer Award for her commitment to supporting other young carers, giving back to the community and assisting others. As a carer herself, Jhemma is a member of the Youth Advisory Council and has undertaken training to be a peer leader and facilitator, supporting young people caring for family members.

Gender Equity Advocate Award

Tara Frost is an active member of the Kangaroo Ground CFA and holds level-two first aid, advanced resuscitation and CFA Wildlife Fighter Award Accreditations. Challenging age and gender bias in emergency services, Tara is a great example of the important role women play in protecting and promoting the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Excelling in Arts or Sports

Eliza Stone was recognised for Excelling in Arts or Sports, thanks to her extensive theatre arts, drama and sports experience. Currently studying Drama and Theatre Studies at university, Eliza mentors young actors by volunteering to assist the director of Eltham Little Theatre, is an avid state-level volleyball player and coach, and has toured both the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals.

Youth-Led Group of the Year

Eltham High School’s feminist collective The Violet Fems were awarded Youth-Led Group of the Year. Formed in 2017, the group of 10 young women from years 11 and 12 meet weekly to discuss feminism-related issues and work on ongoing projects.  In 2019, Nillumbik Shire Council awarded the group a grant as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign. The Violet Fems created and promoted a powerful and immersive installation titled The Catwalk, which put the spotlight on gender inequality as seen through the issue of catcalling.