Lachlan Page Wins Young Citizen Award

Feb 13, 2019

We are proud to announce Lachlan Page, Shoalhaven Youth Volunteering Initiative (SYVI) graduate and RFS volunteer, has won Shoalhaven Council’s Australia Day Young Citizen Award.

Lachlan was presented with the distinguished award by Mayor Amanda Findley at the Shoalhaven Council  Australia Day Awards Ceremony on 24 January at the Entertainment Centre.

In true Lachlan fashion, he said he was surprised to receive the award as there were “lots of young people that got nominated.”

“I was pretty amazed, pretty stoked that I got it,” he said.

The Young Citizen of the Year Award is bestowed for outstanding service to the community and open to anyone 24 years and younger.

Lachlan was nominated for the Award by the senior Deputy Captain, Tanzi Lea, of Milton RFS, where Lachlan is a volunteer member.

From SYVI to Young Citizen of the Year

Regional Development Australia – Far South Coast (RDA FSC) first met Lachlan when he attended the successful SYVI training program two years ago. His leadership skills and commitment to serving his community were evident even then, having been in the Scouts since he was six years old and receiving their highest award  – the Australian Scouts Medallion – in 2015.

The SYVI training program gives year 10 students the opportunity to participate in accredited training with the Rural Fire Service and like Lachlan, many go on to become Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade Members. Lachlan became Milton Rural Fire Service’s youngest volunteer member in June 2017, and helped battle the recent Kingman fires.

Never one to sit still, Lachlan will begin studying civil engineering at the University of Wollongong shortly where he hopes to join the Loftus RFS.

Lachlan is an outstanding example of the high calibre of young people in our region and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.

Featured: Lachlan Page Receiving the Young Citizen of the Year Award from the Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council Amanda Findley 

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