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In conversation with Tasmania’s Australians of the Year for 2017 - Burnie


Public Forum in Burnie

Start Date

1 Aug 2017 6:00 pm

End Date

1 Aug 2017 7:30 pm


Makers’ Workshop, 2 Bass Highway, Burnie

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UPDATE: If you missed the Australian Identity forum in Hobart, you can watch the event 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.

The Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania presents an evening with Tasmania’s Australians of the Year for 2017.

Join these four remarkable Tasmanians as they discuss what it means to be Australian and how to build strong communities where everyone belongs.


Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Rosalie Martin

Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year, Margaret Steadman

Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year, Mitch McPherson

Tasmanian Local Hero, Anthony Edler

Facilitated by Adam Mostogl, former Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania.

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 – Rosie also runs her own private practice specialising in services for children with autism spectrum disorder. 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. When his younger brother took his own life in 2013, Mitch McPherson turned his devastating loss into the successful 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. More than 440 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 Adam Mostogl

Based in Launceston, Adam Mostogl is the founder of illuminate Education & Consulting, which runs entrepreneurial education programs for school students. Adam has engaged with 3600 students across Australia, inspiring them to be creative about their job futures and to set their own paths. In 2015 Adam was named Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania for his work with schools and the community of Queenstown.

Refreshments from 5:30pm.

This free event is sponsored by the National Australia Day Council and the University of Tasmania.


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