Welcoming Australia’s newest citizens

FIFTEEN new Australian citizens have been officially welcomed to the City of Glenorchy at the 2018 Australia Day Ceremony, held at Derwent Entertainment Centre on 26 January.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said she was “extremely proud” as both Mayor and a Glenorchy citizen to be able to welcome the new citizens into the community.

“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, which is recognised both within and outside our local government area.”

Taking on the role of 2018 Glenorchy Australia Day ambassador was Robert Clifford, founder and chairman of the Incat group of companies.

Mr Clifford pioneered the world’s high-speed vehicle/passenger ferry industry.

He built his first boat as a teenager, sailing yachts at an early age.

Over the course of more than five decades, he has steered Incat’s progress from boats and small commercial ferries to large ocean-going catamarans.

Mr Clifford holds an honorary doctorate in engineering, an Order of Australia award for services to industry, was Honorary Consul for Denmark in Tasmania from 1998 to 2016, is a founding member of Interferry and is a former member of the Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

During the ceremony, Claremont residents Lynette Green and Mitchell Woolley were announced as Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.

Ms Green has been a volunteer in the Glenorchy community for many years with a range of groups.

This includes Glenorchy On the Go, Bucaan Community House, Haemophilia Tasmania and Carers Tasmania.

Ms Green is said to have been an outstanding, selfless and caring volunteer whose efforts have benefited community members, many of who are socially isolated and have health conditions.

Mr Woolley has been a member of the Glenorchy Youth Task Force for four-years and has also been involved with Scripture Union Tasmania, Claremont Baptist Church and Elizabeth College extracurricular activities.

He has been involved with a large number of Glenorchy Youth Task Force events including Gig in the Gardens, National Youth Week events, R U OK Day events and intergenerational activities that have involved working with older people.

Mr Woolley has taken on a number of leadership roles while maintaining an outstanding academic record and is highly regarded by both peers and teaching staff at Elizabeth College.

Major Johnston congratulated both the winners on their achievement.

“Lynette and Mitchell are fantastic examples of individuals who work hard and make personal sacrifices for the benefit of others and are very deserving recipients of the 2018 awards,” she said.

Caption: Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston and Australia Day ambassador Dr Robert Clifford AO with the City of Glenorchy’s newest citizens Photo credit: Kelvin Ball.