2015 Australia Day Awards Speech to Parliament

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD

Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015

MEMBERS STATEMENTS

Australia Day

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — I congratulate Knox City Council on another successful Knox Local Australia Day Awards this year, which I attended along with the members for Bayswater and Ferntree Gully. The awards recognise Knox residents for their significant contribution to the community across four categories. All 14 nominations were of very high calibre.

I congratulate Knox City Council on another successful Knox Local Australia Day Awards this year, which I attended along with the members for Bayswater and Ferntree Gully.

The awards recognise Knox residents for their significant contribution to the community across four categories. All 14 nominations were of very high calibre.

Citizen of the Year was awarded to Stephen Barrington, who over many years has run a Christmas Day lunch and organised weekly meal services for disadvantaged people.

The Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to 17‑year‑old Nathan Rose, a member of the 2nd Wantirna Scout Group.

Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Phillip Thorne, who volunteers in a number of community groups, including Knox Little Athletics Centre.

Local Hero of the Year was given to joint winners, Harley Mackie and Graham Hansen.

I make special mention of a nominee for Volunteer of the Year, Steve Weir. Steve took over the presidency of the Scoresby Football and Social Club in 2004 when the club had significant financial problems. Steve and a small band of committed club members rebuilt the club. Steve stepped down as president at the end of 2009. Unfortunately the club found itself in financial trouble once more. To his great credit Steve again stepped up as president in 2014 and has contributed many hours and made some very difficult decisions to reform the club. I wish Steve and the Scoresby football club all the best in division 2 for 2015.