Four Barkly youth have shone in the 2021 Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards.
Hugh Dawson (22) from Elliott won the Colemans Contracting and Earthmoving Agriculture Award, and was selected as the overall winner from all 12 categories of this year’s awards.
He was nominated for his ability to recognise the opportunities of the cattle industry for young people.
The nominee said Hugh was with the North Australian Cattle Industry, he helped develop the Future Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association program, set up for young industry leaders to form connections and begin developing skills to communicate with media.
Hugh has worked as NT representative of the Young Livestock Exporters Network, taking part in the first Livestock Leaders’ Workshop. He is also an advisor to the working committee for The Livestock Collective and currently working with Barkly Pastoral Company, he has trained to fly a helicopter and is completing his Certificate IV in Agriculture at CDU.
There were also three finalists recognised in the awards: Tennant Creek’s Shakira Munckton (18) in the Indigenous Achievement Award and Pashya Noorizal (17) in the Minister for Youth Excellence in Youth Leadership Award and Alpurrurulam’s Sherika Mahoney (11) in the Sport Award.
Winners each received a magnificent trophy and $2,000 to assist in achieving their goals, courtesy of founding partner TIO. Hugh Dawson received an additional $2,000 and a prestigious trophy.
This article appeared in the Tennant & District Times, 30 April 2021.