Tassie’s finest honoured

More than 50 years ago Reverend James Colville founded Colony 47 in Hobart – a safe haven where neglected members of society were welcomed and nurtured to reach their full potential.

Now Mr Colville has been honoured for his pioneering work by being named the 2024 Senior Tasmanian Australian of the Year.

“Colony 47 has endeavoured to unlock the potential in people who have been rejected by their communities,” Mr Colville said.

“In Tasmania, we have the most wonderful people and if everyone works together, we can build on our states existing beauty.

“I am just the founder of Colony 47. The people who have continued the work and improved the lives of thousands of Tasmanians, they are the real heroes.”

Rural women’s advocate and Motherland founder Stephanie Trethewey was named 2024 Tasmanian Australian of the Year; while Tassie Mums founder Clair Harris received the 2024 Local Hero Award.

Twenty-six-year-old Gija woman Naarah Barnes, who is currently performing in London and uses Instagram and TikTok to spark important conversations about First Nations identity, culture and representation, was recognised as the 2024 Young Tasmanian Australian of the Year.

“When the nomination came through, I didn’t believe it. I thought it was spam,” Ms Barnes said.

“You can’t be what you can’t see. I just want young BIPOC (black indigenous people of colour) and culturally and linguistically diverse people to see themselves on stage and to see us on screen.

“I’m so grateful to the projects I’ve been involved in so far and I cannot wait for the hundreds of other indigenous stories that will be told in my lifetime.”

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