AIYA Tasmania began in January 2013. Since then AIYA has become the premier Asia focused youth organisation in the state. Though geographically distant, the Tasmanian government has recognized the need for further engagement with Asia, signified by the release of the Tasmania in the Asian Century White Paper in March 2013.
At AIYA Tasmania, we believe that our state has plenty to gain during the upcoming Asian Century and we hope to contribute towards establishing ourselves as leaders in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
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Brolin Barr – President
Brolin has recently graduated from a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy and a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian from the University of Tasmania. Brolin has spent a year and a half in Indonesia participating in multiple exchange programs, including one year in Yogyakarta with ACICIS, two short programs with RUILI and a youth exchange with AIYEP. He is passionate about the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship and hopes to increase Tasmania’s involvement in this relationship through AIYA.
Akala Whittleston – Vice President
Akala is currently completing her last year in a Bachelor of Arts with a philosophy major and in 2017 completed a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian. She has participated in a year-long exchange with ACICIS situated in Yogyakarta, Java studying at Universitas Gadjah Mada and also two short-term exchanges with RUILI in Mataram, Lombok at Universitas Mataram and in Kupang, West Timor at Universitas Nusa Cendana. Akala is interested in bringing together the Australian and Indonesian community members of Tasmania, so that they can have a more active role in Australia-Indonesia related issues, events and communications. She is also passionate about encouraging young Australians to participate in cultural and academic exchanges to Indonesia.
Elizabeth Reid – Treasurer
Elizabeth Reid is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Tasmania. She is studying a combined Bachelor of Economics and Science, majoring in Economic Analysis and Physics, in addition to a Bachelor of Philosophy and a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian. In addition to her UTAS studies, Elizabeth has studied at the Mataram Lingua Franca Institute in Lombok. Elizabeth is enthusiastic about strengthening the Indonesia-Australia economic relationship, and believes Australians understanding Indonesian language and culture is essential to the security of such relationship. Elizabeth hopes that her role within AIYA will help to facilitate positive interactions between Tasmanians and Indonesians.
Ira Bleakley – Communications Officer
Ira holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Asian Studies and minoring in Indonesian language and philosophy. Her interest in Indonesian culture and language was fostered during a short exchange at Universitas Mataram in Lombok. This experience was so rewarding and engaging that she decided to incorporate Indonesian language into her degree and repeated the exchange a second time the following year. Ira is passionate about encouraging inter-cultural friendships and inspiring others to explore Indonesian culture. She believes that promoting awareness of Indonesian culture is an important part of developing Australia’s positive role in the Asia Pacific region.
Last Updated 22 May 2018.