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Australia Day Awards recipients

The Maroondah Australia Day Awards recognise the achievements of Australians and the contribution they make to the Maroondah community. Awards are presented in three categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year.

Australia Day celebrations 2018

Citizen of the Year – Dr Graeme Lorimer


In 2018 Dr Graeme Lorimer will be acknowledged for 30 years of volunteer service to Maroondah City Council. This time has encompassed tireless work as coordinator of the Friends of Bungalook Conservation Reserve in Kilsyth South, and guardian of the critically endangered Kilsyth South Spider-Orchid (Caladenia sp. aff. venusta (kilsyth south)) – probably the rarest plant species on earth with a current known wild population size of one lone plant. He was instrumental in the creation of the Bungalook Conservation Reserve in the 1980’s when the land was subdivided for residential development. He lobbied the Council to purchase two blocks of land at the end of Tereddan Drive, as well as instigating Trust for Nature’s purchase of an adjoining block to the north. When a bush block adjoining the reserve came up for sale in 2009, he again engaged with Maroondah City Council for its purchase.

Young Citizen of the Year – Georgia Read


Georgia continues to make significant contributions to, not only Ringwood Secondary College (RSC), but the wider Maroondah community. Within the context of the RSC community Georgia has supported and instructed junior students on cyber safety and she chairs weekly meetings of ‘leads stand out’, and has also supported the RSC Bounce into Mental Health Day Carnival. Georgia has also volunteered at Interchange Outer East where she supports young people with disabilities. She runs activities for Glue Zone, a weekly program designed to encourage all students to socialise with their peers and assists in the development of the Maroondah Youth Service program SAGAA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Alliance) and she is a member of the New Community Church where she volunteers as a childcare and disability worker.

Community Event of the Year – Bounce into Mental Health Day Carnival

The Ringwood Secondary College Bounce into Mental Health Day Carnival increased awareness of support services available through the school, the local community  and those available online and via phone that can be accessed by young people. The event recognised and acknowledged the differences in students' cultures, beliefs and religions and celebrated the differences through information sharing, stalls and activities.

Australia Day Awards 2018 nominees

Find out more about the nominees for each category in Maroondah's Australia Day Awards.

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