Australia Day Awards 2015

Cr Helene Cameron, Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, extended her congratulations to the recipients of the Borough of Queenscliffe Australia Day Awards 2015, 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 –Jane Wager

Jane’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 the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House Committee of Management, Queenscliff Community Market, Queenscliff Primary School Board, and Queenscliff Music Festival. She was also Chairperson of the Borough of Queenscliffe Playspace Working Group and has been a member of the Bellarine Secondary School Council.

Young Citizen of the Year – Huw Joyce

Huw Joyce has been recognised for his services to the Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club, Point Lonsdale Christmas Tree Committee, Queenscliff Seafood feast and Australian Army Cadet Corp.

Community Service of the Year – 1st Queenscliff Sea Scouts

The 1st Queenscliff Sea Scouts have been recognised for its extraordinary contribution to the community. This year the group has increased its membership from 9 youth members to 32 youth members. The Scouts have had a busy year, coordinating a 3225 bush dance – a free event with over 50 attendees.

The Scouts have also been involved in many community activities such as ANZAC Day, Queenscliffe Maritime weekend, QLYC Open day and Sailing days. The Scouts donated supplies for fundraising activities such as CFA Christmas Tree BBQ and the St Aloysius BBQ
The leaders of the 1st Queenscliff Scouts are recognised within the scouting movement for their leadership and provide a number of mentoring roles for developing scout leaders from other groups in the Bellarine District.

Community Environment Project of the Year - Sea All Dolphins for A new life for an old wetsuit recycling program

‘A new life for old wet suits’ Recycling Program operated by local business Sea All Dolphins has been recognised for it’s contribution to the environment. The project has been set up where old wetsuits can be recycled and locals and visitors can now drop off their old wetsuits in the specially marked collection bin located near the Sea All Dolphins shopfront at Queenscliff Harbour. The wetsuits are recycled into rubber matting for playgrounds, tree guards, footpaths and factory floors.

Community Event of the Year - Queenscliff Bowling, Tennis and Croquet Association Easter Eggstravaganza

The Easter Eggstravaganza was held on Good Friday 18th April 2014 to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. The initial fundraising goal was $2000 and the hugely successful event raised $16,000 on the day. The event brought many different community members and groups together and sparked a united approach to fundraise for a very worthy cause. The combined efforts of the Queenscliff Bowling, Tennis and Croquet Association members and volunteers are to be commended.