Southern Midlands Council Australia Day Awards

All members of the community are invited to Council's Australia Day Awards Ceremony.

Date: THURSDAY, 23rd JANUARY 2020
Time: 6.30 p.m followed by a light supper

Mayor Alex Green will present the following awards:-

Citizen of the Year: Mr Paul Worldon
Young Citizen of the Year: Mr Samuel Banks
Community Event of the Year: 'Pink Up Oatlands'

Australia Day Ambassador Mrs Heather Francis will also be in attendance and provide an address.

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Key Details


23 January


From 6:30PM


Oatlands Ex-Servicemen's & Women's Club
Albert Street
Oatlands Ex-Servicemen's & Women's Club
Albert Street
Oatlands TAS


Elisa Lang

Free Event

Australia Day Ambassador

Heather Francis
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Born and raised in Southern Tasmania, Heather enjoyed a childhood that found her regularly heading to the beautiful north west of her island home to enjoy typical Aussie summer holidays on the beach, exploring almost all the nooks across that region with a family that loved to discover new places to fall in love with. Throughout her younger years, Heather also made regular visits to Hydro towns with her dad and, when an opportunity came along to live and work in the central highlands and far southwest for a number of years in her first job, she jumped at the chance to reconnect with these places, adding in regular work on King Island too. Pursuing a career path that has largely focused on health and education in different positions across the State, Heather’s current roles provide an opportunity to blend her experiences and skills in endeavouring to make a difference through a range of not for profit organisations. Heather has been CEO of the RHH Research Foundation for over eight years where she enjoys the chance to use her former background as an academic to guide a grant program that has funded over $8.5m in local clinical research. Heather is also a Director on the Board of Primary Health Tasmania, a role that she has held since 2013 which enables her to assist guiding delivery of health services in a manner designed to best meet the specific needs of communities across the state. Heather has been a member of the Tasmanian Community Fund Board for six years and describes this as a privilege in guiding a significant grant funding program that invests into not for profit organisations for activities that benefit communities in an enormously diverse range of ways. More recently, Heather was appointed as Chair of the St Michael’s Collegiate School Board, providing a chance to apply a passion for good governance in an area that she is equally committed to – delivering outstanding educational opportunities for young women and girls. After being appointed to the Tasmanian Women’s Council, more recently Heather has Chaired the Panel of Judges for the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women for a four year term. In 2013, Heather was honoured to be recognised as Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year for the Community/Government sector, but she does cite her most significant and fulfilling role as being a very hands-on mum to two active teenagers. She has hiked with them across many of our state’s most beautiful and remote areas and hopes that they will continue to share her passion for our island home.

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