Outstanding locals recognised at Borough’s Community Service Awards

Published on 28 May 2022

Mayor Ross Ebbels with Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year at 2022 Community Service Awards

Two residents and three organisations have been recognised for the contribution to the community in the Borough of Queenscliffe’s annual Community Service Awards ceremony.

In an event held just after National Volunteers’ Week, Council announced the winners of the prestigious awards, as well as recognising the contribution of each of the 17 nominees. In his opening address to the audience, Mayor Ross Ebbels shared how proud he was to be sharing the stage with so many outstanding nominees.

“I have had the privilege of seeing first-hand the relentless energy this community puts into making the Borough a caring, connected and welcome place to live,” Cr Ebbels said. “Congratulations and thank you to all of our nominees. It takes a special kind of contribution to be nominated for such a prestigious award, and I am honoured to be able to call you all members of our community.”

Citizen of the Year was awarded to Liam Petrie-Allbutt for his many volunteering and leadership roles across the Borough, which include contributions to the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club, Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, Queenscliffe Historical Museum and the Point Lonsdale Christmas Tree Lighting Committee.

Petrie-Allbutt, who was awarded the Borough’s Young Citizen of the Year honour in 2016, is also event director of the Rip View Swim Classic and founder of the Q180 Family Swim. Other worthy nominees for the award included restaurateur Barry Iddles and disability consultant Jacqui Pierce.

In other awards: Eleanor Macleod took out the Young Citizen of the Year award for her various aquatic and surf life saving volunteer work. The popular Queenscliffe Literary Festival was awarded Community Event of the Year on the same weekend its 2022 program concluded. Point Lonsdale Primary School received the Community Organisation of the Year award for its ‘Nippers in School’ program, which teaches local children an understanding of the specific risks of beaches. Boomerang Bags and Queenscliffe Climate Action Group were joint recipients of the Community Environment Project of the Year award.

“This year’s nominations were again of a very high standard, and I look forward to seeing more of the same next year,” Cr Ebbels said. “Congratulations to all our awardees, as well as all our outstanding nominees.” 

2022 Award winners:

Citizen of the Year: Liam Petrie-Allbutt
Young Citizen of the Year: Eleanor Macleod
Community Event of the Year: Queenscliffe Literary Festival
Community Organisation of the Year: Point Lonsdale Primary School for 'Nippers in School'
Community Environment Project of the Year (joint): Boomerang Bags / Queenscliffe Climate Action Group

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