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Posted on Mar 02, 2015

On Saturday 21st of February, the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania held its Annual General Meeting at the Riverland's Centre in Longford. Members from all around the State travelled to attend the event and elect a new committee.

Deputy Premier, Jeremy Rockliff attended to view proceedings as Prue Dennis, 23 of Cressy was elected unopposed to take over the State President role for 2015 from outgoing State President Simone Hayers.

Miss Dennis of the Westmorland Rural Youth Club is excited to take over as leader of the Organisation and is nervous for what awaits; "I'm so excited to be taking over the Ieadership role ond giving back to this amazing organisation that has given me so much over the last four years". 

Simone Hayers of Margate in Tasmania's south hands over the reins after a two year presidential stint in which the organisation has seen many changes to improve the professionalism of Rural Youth and continue to improve on its market position as the leading social and development organisation for the Youth of Tasmania.

She thanked all those who have supported her and wished Miss Dennis the best of luck in 2015; "The two years that I have been State President have been challenging and well worth the experience of taking on such a role, the variety of skills that you Iearn from one Organisation is amazing. The future for Rural Youth is bright with lots of young, highly talented members coming through and I wish the new committee for 2015 a successful year."

Joining Miss Dennis on the new look leadership committee for 2015 is Ricky Edson, 22 of Tamar Rural Youth Club. Mr Edson takes over the job as Senior Vice President whilst Phillipa Green, 27 of Sorell Rural Youth was voted in as the Junior Vice President. The new look Rural Youth Council Committee which will soon meet to begin work on the 2015 direction of the Rural Youth Organisation.

The new Rural Youth Councilis made up of 15 voting members, 5 from each of the three state regions of the Organisation and is the driving force and key decision making team for the whole organisation, with a key focus on club growth and stability, whilst providing increased leadership, training and travel opportunities for all members aged 15-30.