Cupcake-making youth mayor Sallee Shepherd nominated for young achiever award

She's already a mayor, a small business owner and the instigator of a public art project in her home town - all before she finishes high school.

That's why Sallee Shepherd has been nominated for South Australia's Young Achiever Awards, in both the leadership and change creator categories.

She has run her own business, Sallee's Cupcakes, since the age of 14; and is a captain with Tailem Bend Netball Club and the mayor of the Murray Bridge council's youth action committee, a role in which she advocates for more activites for youth.

"Everyone's like 'there's nothing to do'," she said.

"It was an opportunity for me to do something rather than always complaining about it, to take action rather than sitting around waiting for something to happen."

The sheep statues at Tailem Bend Playground, styled after those in the Judy Horacek-illustrated Mem Fox book Where is the Green Sheep? and installed through the combined efforts of the town's primary school and community centre and the Coorong council?

They were her idea, too.

She has volunteered countless hours to help organise community events including Tailem Bend Music Hall, the town's Christmas parade and Murray Bridge's pedal prix, all while working part-time at a supermarket, and has previously been recognised for her leadership and public speaking.

"I love doing it," she said.

"I love working with people - that's my main motivation.

"It's just really putting in effort, doing things and seeing the outcome."

Award nominees will be judged on March 3 and winners announced at a gala dinner in Adelaide on May 16.

Each category winner will receive $2000 and a trophy.

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