Tasmanian young achievers recognised for their success

MORE than 370 guests gathered together last month to acknowledge Tasmania’s high achievers and celebrate their contributions across a diverse range of fields.

Held in late April, the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards saw nine winners honoured for their contribution to the community, including local residents Grant Milbourne and Stephanie Eslake.

Mr Milbourne, from Lenah Valley, won the First National Real Estate Leadership Award for his not-for-profit organisation, Insight Mindfulness Education (I’ME).

The group supports youth wellbeing and mental health, providing meditation retreats and professional development programs.

It’s school-based programs develop stress management skills and strategies for teachers and students.

Mr Milbourne has volunteered more than 2000 hours and organised a concert for I’ME, raising $14,000.

The I’ME website and Facebook provide resources, tips and strategies for meditation, managing stress and psychological wellbeing.

Ms Eslake, of Sandy Bay, won the Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award.

She founded ‘CutCommon’, Australia’s online publication for young classical musicians, and was shortlisted in the 2017 NEXT Innovation Award.

Ms Eslake has written program notes for symphony orchestras and hosted radio programs.

She is the sub-editor for Warp Magazine and Undertow Magazine and co-editor and publications mentor for Platform Magazine.

Ms Eslake was also City of Hobart’s 2017 Young Citizen of the Year for her artistic contribution.

Ms Eslake said it was a “huge privilege” to receive the award.

“I feel lucky to have been placed alongside two extremely talented finalists, each of whom are developing their own important artistic practices,” she said.

“I love that this award provides space to acknowledge and represent the significance of the arts in our society.

“It is a wonderful acknowledgement of what it takes to work in the arts – it’s a changing industry, whether you’re a writer, musician or fine artist and it’s important for Australia to support what we all do.”

Ms Eslake said she founded CutCommon in 2014 as a way to support and celebrate Australia’s classical music culture.

“Through a national publication, CutCommon benefits the local community by providing a space to promote musicians in a new way and educate audiences about the industry side of classical music presentation,” she said.

“I’m proud that CutCommon has been recognised, as it helps show that our work is appreciated and that there is value for a national network that exists to support young and emerging musicians.”

The Awards were hosted by Southern Cross Television news presenter Jo Palmer, with the winners each receiving $1000 and a trophy.

The night was the culmination of a successful year, with 250 nominations received from across Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards has been promoting the achievements of young people since 1989.

Caption : Grant Milbourne receives his award from Ray Ellis, chief executive officer of First National Real Estate and Stephanie Eslake presented by Jason Travis, The Coffee Club regional development manager Tasmania.