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Young Australians of the Year to visit Tasmania

16 August 2007

Young Australian of the Year 2007, Queensland indigenous youth leader Tania Major will join Tasmania's own Young Australian of the Year 2007 Michael Smith and fellow award winners from Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. The Tour aims to inspire young people to achieve their personal goals and dreams.

Tasmania 's Young Australian of the Year 2007, Michael Smith, said he was excited to be showing the other Young Australians of the Year some of his beautiful, home State and to renewing friendships.

"We were lucky to be able to spend time together and get to know one another in the days leading up to the Australian of the Year Awards announcement in Canberra last January and I'm really proud to call these amazing people my friends," said Michael.

"It was a real privilege to meet these young people and to work with them in creating a change and shaking our world up a bit to try and make a difference.

"We're all completely different and come from such varying backgrounds and areas of achievement, yet we share a common sense that young people can do anything they want.

"I think the high school students we will meet on the tour will be really motivated by this group of young Australians and I hope they will be inspired to follow their dreams."

The group will meet students and speak about their various achievements and lessons in life so far at Kingsmeadow High School, Launceston, Campbell Town High School, Oatlands High School and Bridgewater High School. They will also speak at University forums in Launceston and Hobart, and will attend a reception at Government House in Hobart.

Young Australian of the Year 2007 Tania Major said she hoped the visit would also inspire more Tasmanian nominations in the Australian of the Year Awards 2008.

"Being named Young Australian of the Year 2007 was a great honour, but meeting the other state and territory recipients in the Young Australian of the Year category made me realise just how many amazing young people there are in our communities," said Tania.

"So make sure you nominate the great, young people of Tasmania in this year's awards, because unless you nominate them, they can't be recognised with an award.

"Just knowing someone has nominated you in the awards is an honour and it's great motivation for a young person to know their efforts and achievements are appreciated and respected by others.

"Your nomination could help to find the next Young Australian of the Year and it will make a real difference to a young person's self-belief."

Click here to nominate online now or pick up a nomination form at your local Commonwealth Bank branch or call 1300 655 193 for more information. Nominations close Friday 31 August 2007.