New citizens welcomed at Australia Day ceremony

FIFTY-FOUR new Australians have gained their citizenship at an Australia Day ceremony hosted by the Glenorchy City Council.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said she was “extremely proud” as both mayor and a Glenorchy citizen to welcome the new citizens into the community at the official event, which was held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre on 26 January.

“This year’s event was fantastic – we had a really good crowd and it was uplifting to see the joy and emotion of people becoming Australian citizens,” she said.

“Glenorchy is one of the most culturally diverse communities in Tasmania and it is one of our city’s greatest assets that is recognised both within and outside our local government area.”

Acting as Glenorchy’s 2017 Australia Day Ambassador was well-known musician and MONA FOMA festival curator, Brian Ritchie.

Chair of the Council’s Australia Day and Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Selection Committee, Alderman Stuart Slade, paid tribute to the event committee for its work in the lead up to the event.

“The work of the committee – which included Mayor Johnston, Ald Jenny Branch-Allen and Ald Christine Lucas – has again resulted in a wonderful event that provides great joy for both the council and for the community,” he said.

Mayor Johnston also highlighted the contributions of Glenorchy’s Citizen of the Year recipients.

“Our Citizen of the Year, John Ward, and Young Citizen of the Year, Dakoda Leary, have been outstanding contributors to the Glenorchy community,” she said.

A passionate advocate for the rights of grandparents, it was only until Mr Ward began looking after his own grandchildren that he became aware of the lack of support available to grandparents raising grandchildren.

Mr Ward has provided many grandparents with one-on-one support and advice, taking calls at all hours and producing a monthly newsletter for grandparents.

He established the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advisory Council, of which he is currently chair, and was awarded the 2012 National Community Services Grandparent of the Year.

Mr Leary has been a member of the Glenorchy Youth Task Force for five-years and has also been involved with the Headspace Youth Reference Group and the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT).

He has attended statewide forums and events and featured on statewide media, directly engaging with young people from around Tasmania.

Mr Leary has been heavily involved with the YNOT Youth Conference, Dark Mofo Hothouse, the Glenorchy City Council “Seriously Smashed”, Gig in the Gardens, R U OK Day projects, LGTBI Wear it Purple Day and the Headspace short film.

”Both John and Dakoda are wonderful examples of those who work hard and make personal sacrifices for the benefit of others and are very deserving recipients of the 2017 Glenorchy Citizen of the Year Award and the 2017 Glenorchy Young Citizen of the Year Award respectively,” Mayor Johnston said.

Caption: Glenorchy’s newest citizens with Australia Day ambassador Brian Ritchie, seated centre, and organising committee members Mayor Kristie Johnston, Alderman Christine Lucas, Alderman Jenny Branch-Allen and Alderman Stuart Slade. Photo credit: Kelvin Ball

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