Celebrating our achievers

Emma-Kate Busscher with her proud parents, Andrew and Mandy, at the Twilight on the Duck festivities. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Awards. “She’s definitely here,” Mayor Daryl Quilliam said at Sunday’s Twilight on the Duck award ceremony, as the crowd waited for Emma-Kate Busscher to make her way to the stage.

The 17-year-old, who was named the region’s Young Citizen of the Year, was most likely busy working at the Circular Head Youth Leaders stall when her name was called.

Selling slushies (with proceeds going to Suicide Prevention Training led by CHYL) is just one of the many things the teen does for her community.

Emma-Kate has been a member of CHYL since the group’s inception in 2009, and was the group’s Deputy Mayor in 2012.

Her long list of commitments also includes secretary of the Smithton Leos, sitting on the Smithton High School Executive Council in 2013, and involvement in Smithton Guides.

“Despite now studying in Burnie, Emma-Kate has continued to work with and for her fellow young people and has demonstrated a long term commitment to the area,” Mayor Quilliam said.

At Sunday’s award ceremony, Mayor Quilliam also announced the Community Event of the Year – the Tour De Tassie – led by Michael Thrower and Graeme Drake.

With a huge following from the community and afar, the pair raised over $40,000 when they cycled across Tasmania over 10 days in November, with money collected going to the fight against cancer.

After seeing many friends and family battle with the disease, including close friend and local identity Dale Walters who lost his battle with the disease in 2012, the men decided to do something more.

Mayor Quilliam said the event drew tremendous community support and is a worthy recipient of the award.

“The two men behind this marvellous community event have been very humbled by the experience  . . . I am sure you will agree that the Tour de Tassie is a very deserving winner.”




Graeme Drake and Michael Thrower.


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