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Local heroes honoured on Australia Day

27 January 2017

Yarra’s 2017 Citizen of the Year Lachlan Mosley is helping young people stay active, have fun and socialise.

Lachlan received his award at Yarra Council’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at Richmond Town Hall.

The Richmond father of seven led the charge to introduce girls’ teams to the Richmond Junior Football Club. He hoped there would be enough interest to field two girls’ teams in 2016, but by the end of the season this doubled to four teams.

Lachlan also developed a relationship with the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) based in Richmond. This resulted in boys and girls from MITS joining teams at the club and forming friendships with local kids.

He then turned his attention to cricket, working with the Richmond Union Cricket Club to establish two girls’ teams for the 2016–17 season.

Away from the sporting arena, Lachlan worked with Scouts Victoria to establish the Richmond Scout Group, which already has more than 60 members.

Others honoured on the day include:

Young Citizen of the Year - Riyadh Aden helped connect and support young people through his involvement with local sporting programs.

Community Service of the Year Award - Jeff Lowinger and Sally Clarke helped Living Longer Living Stronger (an exercise program for over 50s) become one of Yarra Leisure’s most successful initiatives.

Community Event of the Year - The Gertrude Street Projection Festival inspired 40,000 people with artistic images projected onto local buildings, pavements and trees.

To learn more about Council’s awards, visit our Australia Day Awards page or contact Council at or on 95205 5555.

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