Inspirational road trippers
Students get four of the best
DERWENT Valley students will get to hear from a unique group of Tasmanians tomorrow.
All four 2017 Tasmanian Australians of the Year are heading to town as part of a regional tour hosted by the University of Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change.
With backgrounds in speech pathology, environmental activism, youth work and suicide prevention, the four award recipients — 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 — are talking to students about the importance of communication, respect for themselves and others, and how to build strength at a per- sonal and community level.
The group will speak at New Norfolk High School, with Glenora District School students also attending.
Along with school visits, the group is taking part in a free public forum at the University of Tasmania’s Stanley Burbury Theatre in Hobart tomorrow at 6pm.
“The institute took on a coordination role to ensure local community members had greater opportunities to draw inspiration from the award recipients,” Institute for the Study of Social Change director Richard Eccleston said.
Speech pathologist Rosalie Martin, the founder of Chatter Matters Tasmania, has visited Tasmania’s Risdon Prison to help prisoners crack the code of reading.
Mrs Steadman is a sustainable living advocate and former history tutor.
Mitch McPherson, a suicide prevention leader who founded SPEAK UP! Stay Chatty after his brother took his own life in 2013, said he was looking forward to the road trip.
“It is good to be recognised and this will be a great opportunity for the four of us to spread our important messages around the state,” he said.
Anthony Edler is the program co-ordinator of the Risdon Vale Bike Collective which helps disadvantaged and atrisk young people in his community and people in Namibia.
The regional tour is sponsored by the National Australia Day Council and Australia Post.