Our Youth Leading The Way – 2023 Award Recipients


Cooper Allum and Marley Perry

Proud recipients of the 2023 prestigious Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award

Cooper Allum and Marley Perry were announced as joint Winners of this year’s Award at the Annual General Meeting of Upper Yarra Community Enterprise (UYCE).

This $1,000 Award is presented in the spirit of the late Ian De La Rue OAM, first Chairman of the Warburton Community Bank 1999-2005 and a member of the Steering Committee that founded the Community Bank.

Ian was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his service to Community. 

Ian was a big advocate of the local youth and loved to see emerging leaders stepping up, pushing the extra mile, and making a real difference.

“We are pleased to have not just one but two extraordinary recipients this year who exemplify all that the Award stands for and congratulate and thank Cooper and Marley for THEIR contribution to community at such a young age. They are clearly destined for great things, and we wish them the very best in whatever they pursue.”  – Elizabeth Fox, UYCE Board member

COOPER ALLUM, was nominated by Catherine Aulich Upper Yarra Basketball Association for his volunteer community contributions to:

  • Upper Yarra Basketball Association Inc – Assistant Referee Advisor & Referee Trainee Program Lead
  • Upper Yarra Secondary College – Student Representative Council

MARLEY PERRY, was nominated by Mitchell Gray Upper Yarra Secondary College and Haley Toy Yarra Junction Junior Netball Club for her volunteer community contributions to:

  • Yarra Junction Junior Netball Club – Coach of the U13 team; Coach of the U11 team
  • Wesburn Junior Football Club – Trainer for the U11 team
  • Upper Yarra Secondary College – Assisting with running the local primary school sports programs

 An Initiative of Upper Yarra Community Enterprise and Bendigo Banks Warburton and Yarra Junction. To read more about the Award and our previous Award winners: https://upperyarra.net.au/youth/