Bacchus Marsh teen Corey Williams is preparing himself for a bright future.
The 14-year-old was named Moorabool council Young Citizen of the Year on Australia Day.
Corey was handed down the honour in recognition of his service to the community through scouting where he “demonstrated compassion and generosity of time and spirit”.
Mayor Paul Tatchell said Corey was a role model for other young people.
“Corey’s involvement with Bacchus Marsh Scout Group over the past eight years has served to demonstrate to other young people in the group the value of participation, opportunities for leadership, and the rewards, both personal and community, of serving others,” Cr Tatchell said.
Corey said he was surprised and excited to receive the award.
“I’ve been involved in Scouts since I was six years old,” he said.
“It’s been awesome I’ve been able to go on Australia-wide jamborees and statewide camps as a Scout leader. Scouting has given me so many experiences and opportunities that I’ve really enjoyed.
“I love the adventure and all the activities, getting to try new things and you meet people from all around the world.”
As a young leader in his group Corey has been able to guide his peers along their scouting journey.
“I do feel like the younger cubs look up to me and I want to set a good example for them,” he said.
For now, the Bacchus Marsh College student is tackling year 10 this year – but he has big plans for the future.
“I want to do an apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic and … join the Special Task and Rescue brigade in the Australian Police force.”
Corey also volunteered with others to run the local Blue Light disco, has become involved with council’s youth advisory group and FReeza in running and supporting the annual FReeza pool party, YouthFest and the Zombie Walk held in October.
Black Nite Black Lite event won Community Event of the Year, Delwyn Leggatt was named Citizen of the Year and the Mayoral Award went to Zachary McCarthy.