Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s 2021 youth award winners, pictured back row, Molly Coniglio, Cr Rob Guthrie, Cr Janet Pearce, Hugo Lobb, Lorissa Kolceg from Gisborne Family Dental Trainee, Lara Vicente, Cr Geoff Neil, and council chief executive Bernie O’Sullivan. Front, Mayor Jennifer Anderson, Jack Smith and Dara Hunt from Mount Players Youth Theatre Leadership Group and Siena Payne.

THE excellence of Macedon Ranges Shire’s youth have been recognised at the 2021 Youth Awards.

Thirty-three nominations were received across six categories: willpower; nicely played; good deeds; skilling it; well aware; and pure imagination.

Winners were announced via an online presentation on October 28.

Hugo Lobb, a barebow recurve archer from Riddles Creek, was awarded the nicely played award for possessing exceptional technical and field-craft skills.

At 17, he currently holds 11 Australian records. He made his international debut in at the 2020 World Archery Indoor Series and achieved first in Sydney, seventh in Rome, and eighth in Las Vegas.

The well aware award winner went to Molly Consiglio from Lancefield, who is a leader and player in the successful Lancefield Cricket Club’s woman’s team.

She has encouraged other young women to become involved and break down the barriers associated with women in sport. She also helps others through her involvement with the Camp4Cancer and she has assisted in raising $50,000 for the Peter McCallum Hospital and Research Centre.

The other award winners included Lara Vicente (willpower award); Siena Payne (good deeds); Gisborne Family Dental trainee dental nurses (skilling it); and Mount Players Youth Theatre leadership group (pure imagination).

Macedon Ranges Shire Council Mayor Jennifer Anderson congratulated all the nominees and winners in the award categories.  

“These past 18 months have been tough with almost everything having to be done differently and I know that young people in the Macedon Ranges are really leading the way in adapting to all these changes,” she said.

“You’ve missed out on so much that would be normal rites of passage and other things you would do but instead of just sitting there, you’ve innovated, you’ve done different things, you’ve supported one another.

“That’s why it’s just so great that council can support these awards and we get to see and hear about all the wonderful achievements of young people in the shire. It’s really, really impressive.”

The awards are available to watch on Macedon Ranges Youth Facebook and council’s website,