Two young locals have been recognised for their work in the community through the Channel Nine Young Achiever Awards.
Emily Rawlings was nominated for the Santos Regional Service Awards while Breeze Millard was nominated for The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award.
The Santos Regional Service Award aims to recognise regional and rural young achievers and community contributors, acknowledging those who are helping to reshape and inspire their local communities.
Emily is one youth who is always busy in the community, be it performing live music, organising events for the Youth Advisory Committee, or hosting radio shows on Whyalla’s 5YYY community station.
Emily was nominated for the award by council Youth Development Officer Gail Rostig, who has served as a mentor to Emily during her time on the YAC.
“I was pretty chuffed to hear I’d been nominated, it feels good,” she said.
In regards to the YAC, Emily is says big things are on the horizon.
“I’ve been talking with our Youth Mayor Ethan Klobucar about organising fundraisers for next year’s UneARTh Festival so we can make it bigger and better,” she said.
Since we last checked in with Emily about her work on 5YYY she’s started a brand new radio show with one of her friends – Kiara.
“We host a late night show on Thursday while I host my own show on Sunday. I also got the opportunity to do a road trip down to Trax FM in Port Pirie and host a show there which I’ve never done before,” she said.
Music is a big part of Emily’s life. She’s been touring around town with fellow muso Colby Krawckzy while forming a band at the same time.
“I’ve been getting more gigs lately because I’ve got a new PA System, which is great,” she said.
Meanwhile Breeze Millard has since moved away from Whyalla to Adelaide, but is well known in the community for her musical talent.
Breeze won the Stormfront Productions Whyalla Recording Scholarship last year. She wrote and produced her own single “I Have My Own Life” which was met with a positive reception from many in the industry.
But it wasn’t just her music that led to her nomination, with her dancing and acting talent also recognised.
“I enjoy all aspects of the arts. I’ve loved singing but I’ve also loved acting and musical theatre,” she said.
“It’s a big honour to be nominated for this kind of award.”
Breeze, who was nominated by her mentors Alison Hams and Mark Tempany from Stromfront Productions, said the connections she formed through her music would help now that she’s moved to Adelaide to study journalism.
“My music is something I really hope I can keep up, it can be hard to when you’re attending university. But winning the recording scholarship allowed me to form a lot of connections in the industry,” she said.
In her nomination, Breeze was praised for acting as a mentor to younger music students.
“I really enjoy that kind of thing, I like to give people advice. It’s nice to give them insight into what I’ve learnt by being apart of musicals,” she said.
The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award highlights the importance of the Arts Industry and rewards the next generation of artists. Finalists of the Channel Nine Young Achiever Awards will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner in Adelaide on May 11.