Lachlan's eagerness to volunteer proves the future of the Tatiara is in safe hands

GENEROUS WITHHIS TIME: Tatiara Young Citizen of the Year Lachlan Johnson has spent a large portion of his life volunteering around the district. Photos: Supplied.
GENEROUS WITHHIS TIME: Tatiara Young Citizen of the Year Lachlan Johnson has spent a large portion of his life volunteering around the district. Photos: Supplied.

Small country communities are built on the backs of volunteers who are more than willing to put their hands up and help out when needed.

For Lachlan Johnson, volunteering has always been a part of his life, and the extraordinary commitment the 23-year-old has shown over the years has made him a worthy winner of this year's Young Citizen of the Year.

The Tatiara's Australia Day ceremony will take place next Tuesday at the Mundulla Sport and Recreation Ground, with some of the district's most outstanding citizens to be recognised for their accomplishments.

Lachlan said he found out his recent success after receiving an unexpected phone call, which left him feeling "extremely shocked".

"I got a phone call and was told that I had won Young Citizen of the Year - I was extremely shocked because I didn't even know that I had been nominated," he said.

Despite his age, the 23-year-old has already achieved a lot, and he currently holds a number of important positions throughout the district.

He is currently the junior vice president of the Mundulla AH&F Society, and is also the trade site manager, who is responsible for setting up and managing the trade site area at the Mundulla Show.

In 2017, Lachlan represented the Mundulla Show as Young Rural Ambassador, where he went on to win both the district and state titles.

Outside the Mundulla Show, he is a member of the Bordertown CFS and the Naracoorte Historical Vehicle Club.

The 23-year-old's list of volunteering efforts don't stop there, with Lachlan happily agreeing to partner prospective debutants at the Mundulla Deb Ball on five different occasions.

He is also very popular volunteer at the Tatiara Retirement Village, where he helps out with the monthly fish and chips night.

Someone who is extremely generous with his time, not once has Lachlan ever searched for recognition.

"I enjoy everything I do when it comes to volunteering - like most volunteers, I don't do it to seek recognition, I do it to help out people and groups in the community," Lachlan said.

"Volunteering makes small regional communities what they are, everyone puts their hand up and does their bit."

Despite some nerves creeping in, having to stand up in front of a local crowd to accept his award will an experience that the 23-year-old said he will cherish.

And once the crowd has cleared at the ceremony and normality resumes, Lachlan will once again return to the lifestyle that has seen him turn into the highly respected community member he is.

"It is business as usual for me - being a part of the CFS has been busy, and preparation has already started for this year's Mundulla Show," Lachlan said.

Young citizens like Lachlan prove that the future of the Tatiara is in safe hands.