Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards

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Tying in with International Women's Day celebrations, Nillumbik Council presented the inaugural Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards in March 2020. These awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of young women in Nillumbik to their communities.

Awards were presented across five categories:

Young Woman of the Year

At the age of just 12, Libby Fisher started “Libby’s Koala and Wildlife Crusade” after visiting Australia Zoo and discovering koalas on the list of vulnerable species. Now 15, Libby has raised more than $45,000 for koalas and native wildlife in Nillumbik and beyond. Her contribution to wildlife conservation and community education was recognised on Wednesday night as she was named Young Woman of the Year.

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

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Congratulations to all award nominees and winners!

Nominations for the 2021 awards will open in early 2021.