Congratulations to the following recipients of the Australia Day Awards in 2014:
Citizen of the Year - Nan Allbutt
Nan Allbutt’s contribution to the local community has been consistently outstanding over an extended period of time. She has selflessly volunteered invaluable time and effort to a number of local organisations, including Queenscliff Lighthouse Theatre Group, Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, Swan Bay Ladies Probus Club, Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff Red Cross Unit and St George’s Anglican Church.
Young Citizen of the Year - Meagan Canaway
Meagan Canaway has been recognised for her outstanding services to the Queenscliff Football Netball Club and local events, particularly the Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff Seafood Feast and Kids Busking for the Kids.
Community Event of the Year - St Aloysius Primary School’s 100 Steps Fun Run
The inaugural 100 Steps Fun Run was held as a community health and wellbeing activity and to encourage involvement of a broad range of community members.
The event involved over 300 people, either running/walking or volunteering their time. It was a true community based event of high quality and execution, and was a collective effort by a large number of people.
All primary school aged children who completed the event received a 100 Steps Fun Run medallion. The children loved running through the official timing arch at the finish line, such pride and joy!
Community Service of the Year - Queenscliffe Historical Museum Volunteers
The Queenscliffe Historical Museum volunteers have provided priceless information to a number of local organisations for the Borough of Queenscliffe’s 150th anniversary celebrations, including photographs, transcripts and records.
The volunteers also provide valuable information to residents and visitors on an ongoing basis. This includes archived images; information about land holdings, shops, public facilities, subdivisions and developments; the location of underground tanks; and other information.
The volunteers have maintained the standards set by Museums Australia for museum accreditation and have maintained opening hours of the Historical Museum for over 20 years.
The 150th Keepsake Cookbook compiled by the Queenscliff Lonsdale Business Tourism Association also received an Honourable Mention.
Community Environment Project of the Year - Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale Primary Schools for Save the Hooded Plovers Day
Save the Hooded Plovers Day involved 25 students from both schools working for a full day to create awareness of the plight of the critically endangered Hooded Plovers. The day included guest speakers, film making, creating colourful beach dioramas, post cards, brochures, models and online information.
The students also collated 130 show bags containing information on the student post cards and brochures. These show bags are being presented to each of the Nippers training with the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Association.