For many years Colony 47 has been an important part of the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards through our sponsorship of the Young Indigenous Achievement Award.
The Award is open to any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young person in Tasmania excelling in their field of endeavour.
This year’s finalists are as follows:
Bianca Templar, 22, of Newham is a proud Aboriginal who is a great role model for her community. Bianca has a genetic bone disorder and spent much of her childhood in and out of hospital, missing out on school. She completed the Aboriginal Community Pathways Program and a Bachelor of Social Work. Bianca is employed as a Community Pathways Planner and is a member of the Northern Youth headspace team as the Aboriginal Advocate.
Madelena Andersen-Ward, 26, of Margate has a Bachelor of Music and is a singer and songwriter. She is actively engaged in the indigenous community through community performances and festivals. She promotes education to Indigenous youth and has spoken on radio and at schools. Madelena mentored young musicians in the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme. She is currently of one of the seven contemporary voice roles in a new musical and visual project called ‘A Tasmanian Requiem’.
Madeline Wells, 22, of Wynyard is a trawlwoolway and Wemba Wemba woman who is committed to changing the stigmas around Aboriginal youth. She volunteers with SEED, Australia’s Indigenous youth climate network, Amnesty International and local Landcare groups. Madeline works with Big hART Inc, Australia’s leading arts for social change company as a mentor and community producer. She has won the Tasmanian NAIDOC Youth Award and represented Australia at an international forum on human rights.
This year’s Awards Gala Presentation will be held on 21April, where the finalist will be announced.