Ljiljanna Ravlich

Ljiljanna Ravlich

Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Government Enterprises; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Goldfields-Esperance; Youth

    WA Youth Awards 2008 are now open

    22/01/2008 9:33 AM

    Youth Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today urged Western Australian community members to nominate all outstanding young people for the 2008 WA Youth Awards.

    Ms Ravlich said that for 10 years, the awards had recognised and rewarded outstanding young Western Australians aged between 13 and 25.

    “Entering a young person in the 10th WA Youth Awards is an opportunity to highlight their strengths and achievements,” she said.

    “It is a chance to demonstrate to the wider community the hard work and dedication of young people, and those organisations that work with young people - and the contributions that they make within our society.”

    There are six categories in the WA Youth Awards:
    • Edith Cowan University Leadership Award - for an individual who has demonstrated leadership and made significant achievements in the field of education, business, Government or community, and made a noteworthy contribution to the community;
    • Woodside Citizenship (Individual) Award - for an individual who has shown extraordinary dedication towards others, or empowered others to participate in determining the nature of their community;
    • Nickel West Citizenship (Group) Award - for a group that has shown extraordinary dedication towards others, or empowered others to participate in determining the nature of their community;
    • Department of Environment and Conservation Environment Award - for an individual or group who has shown leadership and commitment to improving the environment;
    • Lotterywest-Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation Inspiration Award - for an individual who, having overcome difficulties (such as issues relating to family, culture, geographic location, health and disability), has contributed to society and is an inspirational role model to others; and
    • Office for Youth Active Achievement Award - for an individual whose extensive involvement in sport or recreation has benefited others and the community.
    An overall winner will be announced as the 2008 WA Young Person of the Year.

    Last year’s winner, Aimee Silla, is passionate about biodiversity conservation. She is determined to stem the decline of frog species and populations globally, while working tirelessly to promote sustainability through the implementation of various initiatives at the University of Western Australia.

    Aimee also volunteers on key environmental projects such as the Ningaloo Turtle Monitoring Program in Exmouth, where she trained and motivated more than 80 volunteers.

    Named as the 2005 Young Biomedical Engineer of the Year, 2006 WA Young Person of the Year, 2006 WA Young Citizen of the Year and only last month announced as the 2007 WA Young Australian of the Year, Aimee manages to undertake important PhD research and still finds the time to volunteer for the environment.

    The 2008 WA Youth Award winners will be announced during National Youth Week (April 5-13) at a gala presentation event on Thursday, April 10.

    Category winners will receive $2,000, and the WA Young Person of the Year will receive two return tickets to a European destination courtesy of Singapore Airlines.

    The nomination period closes at 5pm on Friday, February 29. For an entry form, visit http://www.childrenandyouth.wa.gov.au or contact the Department for Communities’ Office for Youth on (08) 6217 8400 or Freecall 1800 281 116.

    Minister's Office - 9213 6800