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Don’t forget Australia Day awards

Mary Murdoch on stage at the Australia Day Awards

Monday 19 November 2018

It’s not long until the nominations close for the 2019 Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day Awards.

If you know someone who is making a difference in our community make sure you nominate them by Sunday 25 November.

This year’s Citizen of the Year Maryanne Murdoch said it was humbling and an honour to be named Citizen of the Year, and she encourages everyone to nominate a fellow volunteer or friend.

“Volunteers are often quiet achievers but the awards are a great way to hear stories about what local people are accomplishing for our community,” said Maryanne.

“I particularly enjoyed the event at Victory Park and having the opportunity to hear about some of the work that others are doing.”

“Ken McDougall (Senior Citizen of the Year) and Grace Saltmarsh (Young Person of the Year) both had a chance to talk about the work they were doing and it was very interesting hearing about the wonderful things they were up to.”

“I would definitely encourage people to nominate a person or event for the Australia Day awards,” she said.

Maryanne received the award for her volunteer work as a member of the Campbells Creek Fire Brigade. She has worked a Crew Leader, First Aider and Fire Truck Driver, and behind the scenes as Secretary, Treasurer, Communication Officer and Community Safety Coordinator.

In 2014 Maryanne received the National Fire Service Medal for her contribution during Black Saturday. The following year she received the Arthur and Joyce Blackmore Award for Most Consistent, and a National Medal for more than 15 years’ service to the CFA.

She continues to spread the word of fire safety to young community members as a Fire Safe Kids presenter.

“We have such a rich community of volunteers like Maryanne and we would love your help to recognise other generous community members who give their time for others,” said Cr Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“Please spend a few minutes completing a nomination form to help us recognise those in the community who are making a real difference,” said Cr Machin.

The four categories are Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year (aged under 26 on 26 January 2019), Senior Citizen of the Year (aged over 65 years on 26 January 2019) and Community Event of the Year. Nominations are due by Sunday 25 November.

Eligible Award nominees must live in Mount Alexander Shire, be an Australian citizen and have given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Nomination forms are available from the Civic Centre or Visitor Information Centre at Castlemaine and Maldon or on Council’s website at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/AustraliaDay. Recipients will be announced at a community event on Australia Day at Victory Park.

Image: 2018 Citizen of the Year Maryanne Murdoch. Photo: Diana Domonkos

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