Molesworth man’s Australia Day surprise

A DERWENT Valley man was named the city of Hobart’s young citizen of the year for 2009 during Australia Day celebrations at Sandy Bay last week. He is Alex Moores, of Molesworth, who was described as an “advocate for youth empowerment” by acting lord mayor Eva Ruzika.

Alderman Ruzika said Mr Moores had established an internet-based group called “Consult a young person, anyone?” and worked with many organisations to advocate for young people being involved in decision-making.

Mr Moores’ long list of activities and achievements includes being a member of the Hobart City Council Futures Youth Advisory Committee; member of the United Nations Youth Association (UNYA) Tasmania and 2008 national conference committee member; member of the 2008 Tasmanian Youth Parliament; and secretary of the Tasmanian Debating Union.

MAYDENA: An enjoyable Australia Day was had at Maydena, with a fun run/walk/bike ride, a free barbecue, badminton in the community hall and cricket outside. Councillor Jim Elliott represented the Derwent Valley Council and presented certificates of achievement to Todd and Rebecca Gillie for their work in the local community.

HAMILTON: Ann Jones of Hamilton was named the Central Highlands citizen of the year for 2009 on Australia Day, and Ellendale’s Lychandra Gieseman was named the young citizen of the year. The Tasmanian Championship Sheepdog Trial was recognised as the municipality’s event of the year.

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