On 1 July 1851, Victoria was declared a separate colony to New South Wales, and ‘Victoria Day’ was celebrated as a public holiday each year until the First World War.
To mark Victoria Day, Nick Wakeling and Kim Wells, the State Members of Parliament for Ferntree Gully and Rowville, hold an annual presentation evening to award and celebrate the contributions of local volunteers who help make our state a great place to be.
Award recipients are drawn from a wide range of community groups, whether they be sporting, emergency services, religious, or neighbourhood groups. These groups and their volunteers provide services which benefit countless residents across Knox, making their lives easier, better and more enjoyable.
On behalf of the Ferntree Gully electorate, Mr Wakeling extends his congratulations to all Victoria Day award recipients and thanks them for their selfless contributions to our community. Mr Wakeling also thanks the ongoing support from trusted sponsors of the Victoria Day awards: Goodlife Wholesale Party Food Shop, Vindya Cakes of Ferntree Gully, and Ferntree Gully and Rowville Community Bank Branches of the Bendigo Bank.
Award recipients for Ferntree Gully:
- J. Barralet, Ferntree Gully Arts Society Inc.
- B. Campbell, Ferntree Gully Friends of Red Cross
- T. Cannon, Ferntree Gully News
- C. Clausen, Ferntree Gully & District Cricket Association
- B. Harriss, U3A Knox Inc.
- R. Lewis, Ferntree Gully TOWN Weight Loss Club Inc.
- N. Libby, Foothills Community Care
- D. Lowden, Glengollan Village
- G. Masterton, Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club
- B. McNamara, Crime Victims’ Support Association
- N. McNamara, Crime Victims’ Support Association
- G. O’Neill, Angliss Hospital Ferntree Gully Auxiliary
- J. Price, Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club
- T. Rowbottom, Ferntree Gully Friends of Red Cross
- P. Rumley, Angliss Hospital Ferntree Gully Auxiliary
- F. Van Heeswyk, Ferntree Gully North Primary School Council
- D. Van Heeswyk, Ferntree Gully North Primary School Council
Gully News writer awarded
Teresa Cannon has worked on Ferntree Gully News since it began in 2009.
Teresa’s contribution has always been special. She formatted the first issue. She has written outstanding feature articles several of which have won awards from Community Newspapers Victoria. Her interviews of migrants who made a home in the Gully form the basis of a collection of stories published in book form last year to mark the tenth anniversary of the newspaper.
This year Teresa has conducted a course at Mountain District Learning Centre on Publishing Community Newspapers.
Teresa also assists with organising an annual dinner at the local Indian restaurant to raise funds for village education in Tibet and West Bengal.