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Maroondah Australia Day award recipients announced

Published on 29 January 2018
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The 2018 Maroondah Australia Day celebrations exemplified what makes Maroondah, and Australia, a great place to live.

Maroondah Mayor, Councillor Nora Lamont said it was always an honour to welcome new citizens and recognise those who make a significant contribution to our community.

“At this year’s event, 59 community members publicly pledged their loyalty to Australia, as the final step in obtaining their Australian citizenship, in a ceremony that can’t help but make people proud to live here,” Cr Lamont said.

“I also had the privilege of announcing the annual Maroondah Australia Day Award recipients. The awards are presented each year to those citizens who make significant contributions to the community,” Cr Lamont said.

“It is always a difficult decision choosing one recipient in each category when we have such an outstanding field of nominees. It certainly makes you proud to live in an area that has so many people willing to take time out to help others in their community,” Cr Lamont said.

“The 2018 Citizen of the Year was awarded to environmental scientist Dr Graeme Lorimer. In 2018, Graeme will have achieved 30 years of volunteer service within Maroondah, with his work with the Friends of Bungalook Conversation Reserve, the Montrose Environmental Group and the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association, in government advisory and community education capacities and as a taxonomist,” Cr Lamont said.

“Graeme is also a member of the Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee and has won several awards for his contribution to the environment,” Cr Lamont said.

Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Georgia Read, for her significant contribution as an ambassador and volunteer in the areas of cyber safety, mental health, disability, gender acceptance and childcare.

“Georgia has received many awards honouring her achievements, including a Maroondah Youth Award in 2016 for her work in campaigning against homophobia in schools. This year Georgia will also become Ringwood Secondary College’s inaugural Wellbeing Ambassador, a position created specifically to recognise Georgia’s hard work in this area over the past five years,” Cr Lamont said.

Young-citizen-year-18.jpgThe Community Event of the Year was awarded to the Bounce into Mental Health Carnival – an event produced by Ringwood Secondary College, to increase awareness of support services available at the school and beyond for those affected by mental health issues.

“The event also promoted the understanding and use of positive psychology and other techniques to increase wellbeing amongst students and staff,” Cr Lamont said.

“Congratulations to all of our nominees, the contribution you make to our community certainly does not go unappreciated,” Cr Lamont said.

Read more about our Australian Day Award recipients

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