Australia Day celebrates a vibrant and diverse community

THE City of Glenorchy welcomed 36 new Australian citizens to the community at the 2016 Australia Day ceremony, which was held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre on 26 January.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said the ceremony made her extremely proud as both mayor of the city and a Glenorchy citizen.

“Our community is very rich in cultural diversity and it is one of our city’s greatest assets which is recognised both within and outside our local government area,” she said.

“It was uplifting to see the joy and emotion of people becoming Australian citizens.”

Mayor Johnston said this year’s event was fantastic with a great crowd and the Indian Karnatik Music group providing entertainment.

The ceremony also featured an appearance from 2016 Australia Day Ambassador Fiona McIntosh.

Ms McIntosh is an internationally best-selling author of novels for adults and children.

She is also a travel columnist, co-founding an award-winning travel magazine with her husband, which they ran for 15-years before she became a full-time author.

Alderman Stuart Slade, the chair of Council’s Australia Day and Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Selection Committee, thanked the committee, which comprises Mayor Johnston, Ald Jenny Branch-Allen and Ald Christine Lucas, for its work on the Australia Day event.

“The work of the committee has again resulted in a wonderful event, one which provides great joy for both Council and the community,” he said.

Mayor Johnston said the event also provided the opportunity to officially commend Glenorchy’s Citizen of the Year recipients Alexandra Hall (Young Citizen) and Christopher Tunks (Citizen of the Year).

“Our Citizen of the Year, Christopher Tunks, and Young Citizen of the Year, Alexandra Hall, have been outstanding contributors to the Glenorchy community,” she said.

Mr Tunks has been heavily involved with the Glenorchy on the Go healthy lifestyle programs since their inception.

He has been a volunteer board member and program leader at the Goodwood Community House and also supported many events in the Glenorchy community for a number of years.

Mr Tunks facilitates a range of groups including Heart Foundation walking groups.

Alongside his role as a Glenorchy on the Go ambassador, he attends relevant training courses, has participated in Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Up Days, fundraised for the Goodwood Community House and provides volunteer administration support to the Glenorchy on the Go program.

Ms Hall, 21, has been a member of the Glenorchy Youth Task Force for around seven years.

During this time she has been involved with and helped to organise the GIG in the Gardens event, intergenerational activities with local community houses and older people in the community, National Youth Week activities, Drug Action Week activities and National Mental Health Week activities.

She has also helped to develop the “Seriously Smashed” website (a teenage binge drinking resource).

Ms Hall has been an active member of the Glenorchy Knights Soccer Club and the Northern Suburbs Athletics Club for a number of years and has performed to a high level in sporting activities through which she has represented Tasmania.

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