Knox City Council honoured its leading citizens of the past year with a special Australia Day awards ceremony on 26th January 2018.
In front of a large and appreciative crowd, the 2018 Knox Australia Day Award recipients were honoured for their selfless spirit, dedication and leadership in the service of our community.
The 2018 Knox Australia Day Award recipients are:
- Citizen of the Year: Darren Wallace
- Young Citizen of the Year: Bryce Prissmann
- Volunteer of the Year: Jane Meehan
- Local Hero: Beryl Renton
- Elder Citizen of the Year: Hurtle Lupton
- Environmentalist of the Year: Deirdre Loveless
Official proceedings featured an address by Knox Australia Day Ambassador, Fabian Dattner, who is one of Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs and widely recognised as a highly effective, cultural strategist, teacher, author, facilitator and social entrepreneur.
Festivities also included a special flag-raising ceremony and an Australian Citizenship ceremony, during which 100 Knox residents from 21 countries became official citizens of Australia.
Generosity and selflessness
Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore, applauded the 2018 Knox Australia Day Award recipients, who he said epitomised a spirit of generosity and selflessness in the service of others.
‘On Australia Day, it’s important that we recognise and honour the achievements of our community members, who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to serve the community,’ the Mayor said.
‘The community members recognised today give a contribution that betters us as a society, and it’s something we should never lose sight of, nor take for granted. In our busy, modern lives it can be too easy sometimes to overlook the importance and value of community
‘However what we see with all of our award recipients, this and previous years, is a commitment to service that does our community proud.’