Woodend’s Laura Crozier has taken out the title of Macedon Ranges Young Citizen of the Year for her work promoting mental health and gender diversity.

Laura was a proud recipient at Macedon Ranges council’s 2018 Australia Day Awards at Kyneton Town Hall on Friday. The year 10 student told Star Weekly she was “extremely” excited to have been selected.

Laura said she had been driven to be a mental health advocate since undertaking Macedon Ranges council’s Live4Life program at Gisborne Secondary College as a year 8.

“I just loved it,” she recalled. “I wanted to join the crew and teach it to the other year levels.”

Over the past two years, Laura has taught the Live4Life program, organised and hosted Life4Life events and has been an ambassador at events such as the Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Group Walk and the Macedon Ranges Health Service Colour Run.

At the award ceremony on Friday, the Citizen of the Year Award was given to CFA and SES volunteer Di Dale. Nadine Hartnett received the award for Arts Ambassador, and Graham Boyd, Julie McLaren and Peter Mitchell were honoured with Community Achievement Awards.