Waratah-Wynyard Australia Day Award recipients

26 January 2018

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robby Walsh today announced Douglass Doherty as Waratah-Wynyard Council Citizen of the Year for 2018.

Mr Doherty was recognised at the Australia Day celebrations in Wynyard's Gutteridge Gardens. along with Young Citizen of the Year Jobi Starick. while Gone Nuts 101 Adventure Run was named Community Event of the Year.

Mr Doherty has been an active member of the community since moving here in 2001.

He has held many roles in community organisations over this time including

- Membership on St Brigid's School Board of Management. Chairman of the Burnie-Wynyard Catholic Parish Council, during which time he secured funding to construct the St Brigid's community hall.

- He has been a leader with the Wynyard Scouts. a coach and umpire with the Wynyard Junior Soccer Club and is an active member of the Wynyard RSL.

- He is also the co-founder of the not-for-profit registered charity DoMaur Productions Incorporated. which is a theatre company dedicated to providing opportunities for personal development for people of any age or background who wish to be involved in performing arts.

"Douglass has represented the interests of our local community in many local. state and national forums including his current position of member of the board ofTASCOSS (Tasmanian Council of Social Services) all of which are voluntary," Mayor Robby Walsh said.

"He is certainly a very worthy recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award and I would like to congratulate him on all the great work he has done for our community."

Jobi Starick began volunteering with BigHart during early high school and was rewarded with an internship at Track Down Studios in Sydney in 2014.

In 2015 Jobi was contacted by Rural Health Tasmania to direct his first full length documentary.

He went on the produce the ABC's Heywire Documentary 'Two Trains. a Communities Response to Ice".

The film recently won the Sustainable Communities overall Junior Award at the Tidy Towns Ceremony.

Jobi was also chosen as the 2017 Heywire Trail Blazer and was flown to Canberra to take part in the 2017 Heywire Summit where he presented the film at Government House.

While Jobi continues to grow his own small business. he is also currently volunteering and working with numerous young people on film projects in the Waratah-Wynyard Area," Mayor Walsh said.

Ongoing projects he is working on include working with BigHart on the SKATE. Project O and 20/20 projects as well as working with Wynyard High School. The Smith Family and &UP Youth Centres.

"Jobi has given countless hours of work and mentoring for projects in this community and is very deserving of the Young Citizen of the Year Award."

Mayor Walsh described the inaugural Gone Nuts 101 Adventure Run as a major success. which has established the North West as an adventure running destination of choice.

'The number of competitors far exceeded expectations with 594 competing overall with 294of those from the North West (only 100 were expected)," he said.

'The event was so successful that when the dates for this year's event were advised there were over 29,000 hits on social media in the first 24 hours.

'The event showcased our beautiful region and had a significant economic benefit to all the towns in the area."

Mayor Walsh also welcomed the Rozendaal family (Linda. Richard and Nathan. originally of New Zealand) as new citizens as part of today's celebrations.

"It is always an honour to conduct citizenships on behalf of the Australian Government and doing so on Australia Day makes this event all the more special." Mayor Walsh said.

Waratah Wynyard Council
21 Saunders Street : PO Box 168, Wynyard TAS 7325
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