Celebrating Local Youth

29 November 2021

Friday, 26 November was a true celebration of the achievements and contributions of young people at the first face-to-face Alpine Shire Youth Awards event since 2019.

Each year members of the community are encouraged to nominate young people aged between 12 – 21 who live, work or study in the Alpine Shire.

Alpine Shire Mayor Sarah Nicholas acknowledged the breadth of talented young people in the Alpine Shire.

“It’s so important for our young people to have their contributions and skills acknowledged by their community,” she said.

“I was so impressed by how talented, resilient and strong our young people are in the face of a very difficult few years.

“It was my honour to attend the Youth Awards and be part of celebrating the next generation of amazing artists, academics, sports stars and leaders.”

EMPAC in Myrtleford was buzzing with excitement on Friday as nominees, their parents, friends, teachers and other supporters gathered for a delicious supper accompanied by music performed by young Myrtleford pianist James Whitford.

The hosts of the awards, Charlee Laird and Maddison Pasqualotto welcomed the audience and kept guests and nominees entertained with their banter and skits.

Ed Guiney White from Wandilong spoke about the effects on young people of the COVID-19 pandemic and frequent lockdowns.

“I wasn’t the only one with dreams and plans which were put on hold for the last two years, as young people who had finished school were gearing up to start the rest of their lives going into lockdown and seemingly endless restrictions,” he said.

Ed reflected that young people in the Alpine Shire had it better than many of their peers.

“We were forced to slow down and that time allowed us to learn some valuable lessons about becoming creative, taking time to do the things you are really interested in and to appreciate our clean rivers, mountains and bush,” he said.

Entertainment was provided by a number of young performers.

Tahlia Brain wowed the audience with her soulful acoustic performance and Bordeaux Trio comprising Sasha Rose, Lachlan Forbes and Robin Mack changed the pace with their high energy rock music.

The final act for the night was the high energy Freestyle Dance Alpine Academy.

Young photographer Giordana Genero from Myrtleford photographed the event.

The performances were complemented by professional sound and lighting services generously sponsored by LSC Lighting Systems.



Award recipient


Dickens Real Estate

Samantha Solina


Mount Beauty & District Community Bank

Francesca Carrol

Performing Arts

Rotary Club of Myrtleford

Brady Bourke


TAFCO Rural Supplies

Tyler Heywood

Sport & Recreation

Upper Kiewa Valley Lions Club

Toby Cossor

Visual Art & Media

Bright Art Gallery & Cultural Centre

Sascha Rose


Hancock Victorian Plantations

Jacob Thomas

Youth Award 12 - 16

Bright Community Bank

Riley Ellero

Youth Award 17-21

Rotary Club of Bright

Molly Cuskelly


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