Announcing our top citizens

GLENORCHY’S newest Citizens of the Year have been announced at a special ceremony on Australia Day.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said the choice was extremely difficult to make this year, so joint winners were announced.

“Both of these winners are so deserving and have done extensive community service,” she said.

“We are so delighted to award Citizen of the Year to both Graeme Morris, of Claremont, and Barry Smith, of Glenorchy.

“Our Young Citizen of the Year is 16-year-old Montana Lipscombe, of Chigwell.

“This young girl has an abundance of energy and her passion for music is astounding in one so young.”

 

Young Citizen of the Year – Montana Lipscombe:

Montana, who previously studied at Cosgrove High School, will move on to Elizabeth College this year to study music and possibly musical theatre.

“I see country music as a career path,” she said.

“I’ve been singing since the day I opened my mouth, music means everything to me.

“I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. It’s my passion.

“I am making enquiries to get into the Country Music Junior Academy at Tamworth and then hope to move on to the senior academy.

“I performed this year at Tamworth and have performed extensively at other gigs.”

The bubbly and vivacious country singer has performed with various groups including Bucaan Community House, Glenview Community Services, the Country Music Club and Abbeyfield House, Glenorchy.

Last year, she was awarded the Most Popular New Talent through the Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards and also the People’s Choice Awards.

Montana was involved with the Cosgrove High Multipride Program – a school-based leadership program which works to combat bullying, harassment and racism.

She has also been involved in a mentoring role with some English Learning Australia (Migrant and Refugee) students in her class.

Last year, Montana was given honoured awards in a wide range of subjects, the Brett Webster Award, and the Glenorchy Masonic Citizenship Award, which is awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional qualities in respect to character and service.

 

Citizen of the Year – Graeme Morris:

Graeme Morris has contributed thousands of hours over 40 years to both the Glenorchy and wider Tasmanian community.

Mr Morris became a volunteer member of the Claremont Rural Fire Brigade in 1976, rising to the position of deputy captain.

He was treasurer of the 1st Claremont Scouts and then the Mount Faulkner and Abbotsfield Scout Groups.

Mr Morris was assistant coach of Claremont High School cricket and football teams from 1981 to 1985, treasurer of the Claremont RSL Club from 1986 to 2003 and coordinated the construction of the new Claremont RSL Club.

He was chairman of the Mount Faulkner Scout Hall Rebuilding Committee after it was destroyed in 1995, coached the Claremont Junior Cricket Team and the Claremont Junior Soccer Team from 1998 to 2006.

From 1998 to 2016, Mr Morris volunteered with Claremont and Austins Ferry primary schools to tutor young people.

He was chairman of the Claremont Guide Hall Rebuilding Committee, co-chair and member of the Windermere Reserve War Memorial Committee and for many years, organised and conducted ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day Services at the Gardens Claremont Aged Care facility for those who were unable to attend community services.

Mr Morris was an inaugural member and treasurer of the Claremont Men’s Shed, a member of the new Claremont Men’s Shed Building Committee and has been made life member of both the Claremont RSL and RSL Tasmania.

 

Citizen of the Year – Barry Smith OAM:

For more than 50 years, Barry Smith has contributed thousands of hours to volunteering with a wide range of groups.

He was a member of the Friends of Soldiers Memorial Avenue at Queens Domain for 10 years and the Royal Commonwealth Society of Tasmania for 50 years before being awarded life membership.

Mr Smith joined Red Cross in 1982 as acting administrator, becoming executive director the following year and was then responsible for fundraising, membership and disaster services which included many weekends and late night call outs.

He represented Red Cross at many events, organised doorknocks and button days and worked closely with SES and other Emergency Services on local and statewide disaster planning.

Mr Smith has had a 20-year membership of the World Ships Society, which evolved into the Maritime Museum.

He has been a member and secretary of the Arts Society, an honorary probation officer, a member of the Royal United Services Institute and a member of Adult Education and University of the Third Age.

In addition to this, he has been heavily involved with the Glenorchy Precinct Program and The Citizens for Glenorchy Inc Group, Glenorchy Clean Up Program, Moonah Primary School, and Abbotsfield Primary School Parents and Friends.

Mr Smith was recently awarded an OAM.

Caption: Pictured left, Graeme Morris, Alderman Jan Dunsby, Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, Barry Smith OAM, Deputy Mayor Matthew Stevenson and Australia Day ambassador Michael Veitch.