Matt has other hills to climb

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

AF­TER nearly 15 years with the Derwent Val­ley Coun­cil, out­go­ing youth and com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion of­fi­cer Matt Hill has a moun­tain of fond mem­o­ries.

Mr Hill says it is with “mixed emo­tions” that he is leav­ing the coun­cil, hav­ing held a num­ber of youth and com­mu­nity po­si­tions since he started.

But he has en­joyed his time work­ing with the com­mu­nity and will stay in­volved in the Derwent Val­ley.

“I still have a real in­ter­est in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, and I still have a real in­ter­est in this com­mu­nity,” Mr Hill said.

“My fond­est projects would have to be Derwent Val­ley RAFT (Real Ac­tion For­ward Think­ing), which is a net­work of or­gan­i­sa­tions and stake­hold­ers that work with young peo­ple. There’s been lots of projects come out of that group.”

Mr Hill was elected chair­man of the Derwent Val­ley Com­mu­nity House at its AGM last week.

He is in­volved with other groups in­clud­ing the Com­mu­ni­ty2Sea pro­gram, 26TEN Derwent Val­ley Ac­tion Group, Derwent Val­ley Learn­ing Precinct, New Nor­folk High School As­so­ci­a­tion, Fairview Pri­mary School As­so­ci­a­tion, Derwent Val­ley Men’s Shed and the Derwent Val­ley PCYC.

He is also a pre­sen­ter on ra­dio sta­tion Tyga 98.9FM and pub­lic of­fi­cer/trea­surer of the Derwent Val­ley Sui­cide Aware­ness Group.

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