New roles for youth worker

Matt Hill, centre, with D’FAT members at their AGM last week.

OUTGOING Derwent Valley Council youth and community participation officer Matt Hill says he will stay involved with many of his project groups despite parting ways with the council from today.

Leaving the council after nearly 15 years service, Mr Hill has started his own consultancy and will continue to volunteer with a number of groups.

Last week’s annual general meeting of the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) put a number of questions to council representatives about the future of the group, which has been supported by Mr Hill since its inception.

Mayor Martyn Evans assured those present that the council would continue to support the group, which is a Special Committee under the Local Government Act. He said councillors were anticipating a report from the council’s general manager about the ongoing provision of youth support services.

Mr Hill was elected chairman of the Derwent Valley Community House at its AGM last week and has involvement with other groups including the Community2Sea program, 26TEN Derwent Valley Action Group, Derwent Valley Learning Precinct; New Norfolk High School Association, Fairview Primary School Association, Derwent Valley Men’s Shed and the Derwent Valley PCYC. He is also a presenter on radio station Tyga 98.9FM and public officer/treasurer of the Derwent Valley Suicide Awareness Group.

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