Youth Awards

2019 nominations are now open

Since 2006, the Macedon Ranges Youth Awards are dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the achievements and success of young people in the Macedon Ranges.

Hundreds of young people have been presented with awards over the years in areas such as arts, business and community involvement just to name a few. The focus of the Awards is to recognise the significant contribution young people make to society, and to encourage young people to strive for their best and continue doing what they love and enjoy!

Nominations have been extended by one week and are now open until Sunday 28 July.

The Macedon Ranges Youth Awards night will be held on Tuesday 20 August from 7pm-8.30pm at the Kyneton Town Hall. The night will provide entertainment, a light supper, and the presentation of awards. All categories of the Macedon Ranges Youth Awards are open to young people 12-25 years of age who are employed, reside or study in the Macedon Ranges.

Nominate a young person today 

Nominate a young person, or a group of young people, now. It is a quick and easy process and can be done online, or collect a hard copy from any of the service centres.

Individual nomination form  Group nomination form

Award categories

Academic Excellence 

Recognising young people who consistently reach high levels of excellence in a specific area of study, or across a diverse range of study areas.

Academic Achievement     

Recognising young people who have shown great commitment to their studies - even if they aren't receiving top marks - or are showing great improvement in their level of engagement with their education.

Visual Arts 

Recognising young people who have exceptional and creative skills in the visual arts, including photography, film, painting and printmaking.

Performing Arts  

Recognising individuals or groups of young people who have demonstrated excellence and determination in the performing arts, including drama and dance


Recognising young solo artists or musical groups who demonstrate excellence in their musical abilities and involved in community events, concerts and competitions.

Employee, Trainee or Apprenticeship

Recognising the valuable contribution and achievements of a young staff member who may be undertaking a traineeship or apprenticeship with the organisation.

Business Enterprise and Innovation

Recognising a young person, or a group of young people who demonstrate unique creativity or entrepreneurial spirit in starting or growing a business initiative.

Community Participation 

Recognising individual young people, or groups of young people, who have shown leadership in their community, This includes young people who provide a positive and rewarding service to young people in their community; demonstrate excellence in leadership skills and are making a positive impact in their community; promote and ensure the safety of young people in the greater community; make a positive difference to the environment. Up to five recipients will be awarded in this category.

Mental Health Promotion    

Recognising individual young people, and groups of young people, who have shown dedication and initiative in promoting positive mental health awareness. Awards will be given in both the individual and group categories.


Recognising the achievements of individual young people, and groups of young people, who have shown dedication and integrity in a sporting endeavour. Awards will be given in both the individual and group categories.

2018 winners


  • Drama/dance (Group): Cowboys and Angels Dance Academy
  • Music: Kenny and Mitch
  • Visual Arts: Ties Urie

Community Participation

  • Community Leadership/Initiative Group: Kyneton Community Soup Kitchen
  • Community Initiative Individual: Shaylyn Blyth
  • Environmental Awareness: Jacson O'Neill
  • Community Leadership: Jessica Cockerill-Wright


  • Individual: Hayden Muir
  • Team: GSC Year 7 girls netball team


  • Individual: Janelle Sprinks


  • Positive mental health promotion: Shannon Dawson and Alex Hanlon


  • Business Employee: Tamika Stanley
  • Apprentice: Kyle Stores

For more information contact Sarah in the Youth Development Unit on (03) 5422 0256 or