Australia Day 2016: Dalton Cross surprised by young citizen award

HORSHAM’S Dalton Cross inherited his generosity from his family.

The 22-year-old will receive Horsham Rural City’s young citizen of the year award on Australia Day.

He is Horsham Agricultural Society’s vice-president and also volunteers with other community groups including the Noradjuha Quantong Football Netball Club, the Horsham Spring Garden Festival, and the Richard Morris Memorial Concert.

“I was definitely not expecting the award at all,” Mr Cross said.

“The things I do, I don’t do for recognition.

“Mum's always been a big one for giving back, and where she's doing something, I'm there helping.

“I’ve grown up with the agricultural society. I’ve been involved since I was 12.

“I love being there and the people I work with.”

Mr Cross encouraged other young people to give back to their communities.

“Don't be scared to offer help,” he said.

“Some people might think ‘I'm no good at this’ or ‘I don’t have much of an idea'.

“A lot of user groups are just looking for people to put their hand up.

“Be willing to have a go and you'll be fine.”

Mr Cross plans to celebrate Australia Day with friends.

“It will probably be a barbecue, and we’ll see where that takes us,” he said.