Celebrating our 2016 Australia Day Award recipients

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Cr Helene Cameron, Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, extended her congratulations to the recipients of the Borough of Queenscliffe Australia Day Awards 2016, in a
presentation at the Queenscliff Town Hall on Australia Day.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the Australia Day Award recipients,” said
Cr Cameron.

“These Awards recognise those who have made outstanding contributions to the
Borough of Queenscliffe community. They also acknowledge the diversity of the
programs run by volunteers,” she said.

The award winners were:

Citizen of the Year: Joan Kenwood

For over 50 years Joan Kenwood has been a prized and valued citizen of this community. Her contributions have been outstanding, with a strong commitment to community issues, charitable concerns, heritage values, environmental issues, social justice, humanitarian causes and refugee issues. For the past 18 years Joan has been president of the Queenscliff Community Association, she has made numerous cups of tea to help with asylum seeker and refugee support events, being a strong supporter of heritage values and a member of many political and environmental communities in the Borough. Joan is a true community leader, her passion for causes and a better world continues to this day, she provides an inspirational beacon for others in the community.

Young Citizen of the Year: Liam Petrie-Allbutt

Liam Petrie-Allbutt is the Senior Vice President of the Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club and has been a member of the club since starting as a Nipper over 15 years ago. In 2015, Liam was instrumental in a number of initiatives that benefited both the Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club and the broader Borough of Queenscliffe community. Some of Liam’s key achievements include:

  • The development and implementation of the Nippers in School program
  • Rebranding of Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Refurbishment of the upstairs area at the Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse,
  • Successfully obtained a community grant for a 3m x 3m marquee for the Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club

As Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club Aquatic Sports Sections Coordinator, Liam was responsible for coordinating the competition side of surf lifesaving.

Queenscliff Music Festival volunteer Liam was also instrumental in the coordination of the annual Rip View Swim Classic, and a key adviser to the Rotary Club of Queenscliffe, Lighting of the Christmas Tree committee.

Community Service of the Year: Rotary Club of Queenscliffe

In 2015 the Rotary Club of Queenscliffe celebrated 10 years of service to the community. Rotary is a voluntary group, which has contributed greatly to the community over the years and brought many people to the area that may not otherwise have discovered our part of the world. Rotary has worked closely with other groups in the community and was involved in the following 2015 events and achievements: Queenscliffe Bricks (LEGO), Vanuatu Cyclone Appeal, Literacy in the Borough, Drug Awareness Forum, Rotary Caravanners, Christmas Tree Lighting and 10 Years of Rotary.

Community Environment Project of the Year: Bellarine Catchment Network – Point Lonsdale Primary School Coast Care Caring for our Bays day

Since inception in 1997 the Bellarine Catchment Network and project has achieved significant environmental and education outcomes on the Bellarine Peninsula. The inaugural Point Lonsdale Primary School Coast Care Day was held on 19th May and was organised by Grade 3 and 4 students. The afternoon featured games and activities that focused on the impact of litter on our waterways and bays, including Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, how to protect Hooded Plovers and the importance of our Moonah Woodlands. The activity catered for the entire school and will lead into this year, whereby the event will become a recurrent part of the school program.

Community Event of the Year: Queenscliffe Historical Museum 1915 WW1 ANZAC 100th Commemoration ‘Weaving the Threads of Remembrance’

In 2015, the Queenscliffe Historical Museum Research Group initiated a WW1 project to commemorate the life of WW1 Nurse Violet Duddy. A plaque was placed on Violet’s previously unmarked grave and together with Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale Primary Schools a Welcome Home event to honour Sister Duddy was
conducted. In April, the Queenscliffe Historical Museum presented the story of Nurse Violet Duddy at the Queenscliff Town Hall and in September 2015 the project entered an international phase when the Museum’s Ambassador had the opportunity to visit the Island of Lemnos and Villers Bretonneux, France, where Violet Duddy served. Gifts containing artwork and film created by students in the Borough of Queenscliffe were presented to the Mayor of Lemnos and to the Manager of Musee Franco-Australien.