LGPro presents this annual award in honour of Sally Isaac, an extraordinary woman and young leader in the Local Government sector who passed away in early 2009.

The Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award helps to recognise the achievements of exceptional young women in Local Government who have improved community life through social programs and projects. The $10,000 educational scholarship is open to all women aged 35 years and under (not just those employed in Local Government) who have demonstrated their commitment to their community.

This year was such a close field that our judges simply couldn’t choose a winner, so opted to split the award between two inspiring young women.

Kelly Hinton
Principal Strategic Advisor
Eastern Region Family Violence Partnership Officer

Kelly is a leader in policy development and strategic advocacy against endemic violence against women in Australia. Her early roles within the not-for-profit sector were direct services support for women who had left their homes due to domestic violence before her research and interpersonal skills led her into more strategic roles of organisational development, community education and leadership training. Kelly’s work is based on the philosophy of ensuring that women’s voices and experiences are heard and knowledge from front-line workers is used to inform the decision makers and influence government policy. She has contributed to the development of the first Post Graduate Certificate in Family Violence in Australia and is proud to have been an integral part of a campaign resulting in human trafficking being recognised as a form of violence against women for the first time in the Victorian Government Action Plan (2012-2015).

Phoebe Nagorcka-Smith
Social Planner
Glenelg Shire Council

Phoebe’s work in Local Government has focused on youth engagement and health initiatives in her community. She has worked extensively with young people to increase civic participation and help them make a difference in their community, as well as internal initiatives such as the Gender Equity Working Group to promote healthy catering policies and prevention of violence against women. Phoebe has undertaken unpaid skilled work with Baker ID, assisting their research group investigate diabetes and heart disease; and Collective Shout- an organization campaigning against the sexualisation of girls and women in the media. She has also volunteered as a mentor at Deakin University, working with first year students to improve their study skills and support them as they settle into university life. Phoebe has recently been appointed as a board member of Women's Health and Wellbeing in Barwon South-West, where she is the youngest person to take the role to date.

2017 Sally Isaac Award winnesKelly Hinton (left) and Phoebe Nagorcka-Smith (right)