Naarah named Young Tasmanian of the Year

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Despite failing music class in high school, Glenorchy raised Naarah Barnes has been recognised for the positive impact of her growing arts career as the 2024 Young Tasmanian Australian of the Year.

The 26-year-old is currently performing in London and uses Instagram and TikTok to spark important conversations about First Nations identity, culture and representation.

“When the nomination came through, I didn’t believe it. I thought it was spam,” Ms Barnes said.

“You can’t be what you can’t see. I just want young BIPOC (black indigenous people of colour) and culturally and linguistically diverse people to see themselves on stage and to see us on screen.

“I’m so grateful to the projects I’ve been involved in so far and I cannot wait for the hundreds of other indigenous stories that will be told in my lifetime.

“I’m so excited to continue my work here in London for the next few years and then bring these shows back to rural communities across Australia.”

Rural women’s advocate and Motherland founder Stephanie Trethewey was named 2024 Tasmanian Australian of the Year; while Tassie Mums founder Clair Harris received the Local Hero Award.

Colony 47 founder Reverend James Colville was honoured as Senior Citizen of the Year for his 50-year legacy of helping underappreciated and neglected members of Tasmanian communities.

“Colony 47 has endeavoured to unlock the potential in people who have been rejected by their communities,” he said.

“In Tasmania, we have the most wonderful people and if everyone works together, we can build on our state’s existing beauty.

“I am just the founder of Colony 47. The people who have continued the work and improved the lives of thousands of Tasmanians, they are the real heroes.

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