Media Release

2 May 2018

The annual awards recognise the work and achievements of young people from across the State in a range of areas.

This year at least 13 young people from Clarence were acknowledged in the awards, a fantastic outcome, making the City of Clarence one of the most mentioned municipalities in the state.

Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service and Volunteering Award was won by Olivia Fleming, a 21 year-old of Rosny Park who founded ‘The Little Help Project’ during her first year of studying medicine. The not-for-profit group now has 25 volunteers and has helped 8,000 Tasmanians.

Jack Dyson, 20 of Rokeby, won the Tadpac Print Service to the Disability Sector Award. Jack lives with cystic fibrosis, and has become a role model to others with cystic fibrosis while making a significant contribution to Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania.

Maths and Science teacher at Rose Bay High School, Thomas Coad, was a finalist in the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award. The 27 year-old of Tranmere, uses his experience in Marine and Antarctic Science to motivate his students, and is a newly elected Chair of RoboCup Tasmania.

Other nominees included Campbell Braithwaite, Jackson Cracknell, Jeremy Edwards, Jessica Norton, Joshua Beltz, Lily Churchill, Maria Chrisoulakis, Olivia Fleming, Olivia Hicks, Rachel Englund, and Samantha Welsh.

Mayor Doug Chipman said the work of young people contributed to the overall wellbeing of the community and it was important to see them recognised.

“There are young people right across Clarence making valuable contributions to our community and we are grateful to them all,” he said.

“Young people have important roles to play in the success of any community and we are proud to see so many represented in the 2018 Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards.”


In the photo: Winners from Clarence in the 2018 Tasmanian Young Achievers of the Year, Jack Dyson and Olivia Flemming with Alderman Heather Chong and Mayor Doug Chipman.