UPDATE: If you missed the Australian Identity forum in Hobart you can watch it now via the University of Tasmania’s livestream page. On August 3 Tasmania’s Australians of the Year for 2017, as well as members of the Aboriginal and multicultural communities, took part in a thought-provoking discussion about Australian “values” – both perceived and real, helpful and unhelpful. Hosted by ABC journalist and newsreader Angela Ross, the conversation also featured an introduction by National Australia Day Council chief executive Chris Kirby. The main forum begins at the 26 minute mark. Watch now.
Tasmania’s Australians of the Year will visit schools in and around Hobart, Burnie, Launceston and New Norfolk as part of a series of regional events hosted by the University of Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change.
Tasmanian Australian of the Year Rosalie Martin, Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year Margaret Steadman, Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year Mitch McPherson and Tasmanian Local Hero Anthony Edler will also take part in a series of free evening events for the broader public, exploring what it means to be Australian and how to build strong, inclusive communities.
With backgrounds in speech pathology, environmental activism, youth work and suicide prevention, the four award recipients will explore with students the importance of communication; respect for themselves and others; and how to build strength at a personal and community level.
Institute for the Study of Social Change director Professor Richard Eccleston said the institute had taken on a coordination role with the Tasmanian Australians of the Year to ensure local community members had greater opportunities to draw inspiration from the local award recipients.
The regional tour will kick off tomorrow when the Tasmanian award recipients visit Rose Bay High School on Hobart’s eastern shore. From August 1 the 2017 Tasmanian Australians of the Year will visit schools in and around Burnie, Launceston and New Norfolk.
Members of the public are invited to three evening events:
Burnie, Tuesday 1st August
Launceston, Wednesday 2nd August
Hobart, Australian Identity forum, Thursday 3rd August
The events are free but space is limited. Register online at www.events.utas.edu.au
About the speakers:
The 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year is speech pathologist, Rosalie Martin. The founder of Chatter Matters Tasmania – a charity building awareness and skills in human communication. For three years Rosalie has visited Tasmania’s Risdon Prison as a volunteer to deliver Just Sentences, helping prisoners crack the code of reading.
The 2017 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year is sustainable living advocate and former history tutor Margaret Steadman. A former executive officer of Sustainable Living Tasmania, Margaret is also a founding member of Climate Action Hobart and the West Hobart Environment Network.
The 2017 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year is suicide prevention leader, Mitch McPherson. After his younger brother took his own life in 2013, Mitch founded the national suicide prevention charity SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, which honours his brother Ty and spreads the message that it’s OK to not be OK.
The 2017 Tasmanian Local Hero is youth worker, Anthony Edler, program coordinator of the Risdon Vale Bike Collective. The program helps disadvantaged and at-risk young people in his community, while also expanding the possibilities for people in Namibia. Hundreds of bikes have been repaired and donated to people in Namibia, creating jobs, helping children get to school and supporting nurses to care for the sick.
About the Institute for the Study of Social Change:
The Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISC) was established in 2014 to enhance understanding of the causes of social change and to develop innovative ways to respond to and shape that change. Led by inaugural director Professor Richard Eccleston, the institute has grown to have more than 200 affiliated researchers across the University of Tasmania. Through a comprehensive program of free public events the institute aims to facilitate community discussions about issues affecting Tasmania’s economic and social well-being.
The regional tour of the 2017 Tasmanian Australians of the Year is being sponsored by the National Australia Day Council and Australia Post.