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LM recognises community achievers for Australia Day

07 February, 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk last night recognised the efforts of 20 individuals and three community organisations at the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards, at a ceremony held at City Hall.

Cr Quirk said the annual awards were designed to celebrate the achievements of otherwise unsung Brisbane heroes whose effort have significantly improved the lives of individuals and communities.

“Our local communities are filled with people who generously give of their time and energy to help those who are vulnerable, Brisbane would not be the diverse, friendly and strong community it is without these individuals,” Cr Quirk said.

“Each and every one of these recipients honoured in these awards have displayed the Team Brisbane spirit that makes our city unique.

“These unsung heroes are being acknowledged for their extraordinary contribution to our city, some for up to 40 years of service in their local areas.

“I would particularly like to acknowledge the 2017 Citizen of the Year, Eric Kozij, who has been recognised for four decades of service to the Centenary community.

“Eric has been involved with many organisations including Apex, Scouts, Rotary, Jindalee State School, Jamboree Kindergarten and Preschool and the Australian Pituitary Foundation.”

Other 2017 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards recipients include:
Senior Citizen of the Year Award: Diana Moore (Newmarket)
In recognition of Diana’s outstanding community leadership and involvement with community netball clubs for the past 30 years.

Young Citizen of the Year Award: Emma Betts (Corinda)
In recognition of Emma’s determination to raise awareness of sun safety and fundraising for cancer research, whilst managing her own diagnosis and treatment for stage 4 melanoma cancer.

Community event of the Year Award: Nundah Village Street Festival and Art Show
An annual event, organised by the Nundah District Development Association, which has given a voice to local schools, community groups and businesses for the past 15 years and attracts up to 10,000 local residents.

Australia Day Sports Award: Elisabeth Ewen (Stafford Heights)
In recognition of Elisabeth’s swimming coaching and contribution to the Special Olympics and people with intellectual disabilities, for the past 22 years.

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award: Scott Collins, Director, Bloomberg Incorporation Ltd (Brisbane City)
In recognition of Scott Collins dedicated and long-standing support of numerous charitable organisations, including the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust by donating in excess of 60,000 toys at Christmas, over a period of 17 years.

Australia Day Cultural/Arts Award: Jane Ahlstrand (Ascot)
In recognition of Jane’s contribution to Brisbane’s culture scene by sharing her knowledge and skills of Balinese dance and culture with local community groups.

Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Award – Individual: Lyn Cole (Chapel Hill)
In recognition of Lyn’s tireless volunteer work, in nurturing and rehabilitating Brisbane’s natural environment and contribution to the city’s environmental health in numerous ways, including forming the Wandering Weeders volunteer group.

Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Award – Organisation: Save our Waterways Now (The Gap)
In recognition of a dedicated group of volunteers, committed to restoring the habitats and waterways of Brisbane’s north and west. SOWN’s activities include increasing community understanding of creek life and management, protecting sensitive areas from damage and misuse and expanding community access to waterways in the region.

Australia Day Achievement Awards
• Michael Bischa (Forest Lake)
• John Holland (Richlands)
• Phillip Hoy (Kenmore Hills)
• Raymond Kelly (Fig Tree Pocket)
• James Mackay (St Lucia)
• Margaret McEntyre (Wishart)
• The 501st Legion Redback Garrison (Brisbane)
• Benedikte Palings (Clayfield)
• Beverley Sotiriou (Ascot)
• Philip Vincent (Karana Downs)
• Alex Wright (Mansfield)

For more information on the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.



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