2018 Australia Day Award Recipients
27 Jan 2018
Council extends its congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the Australia Day Award.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Mr Dean Gibbons
Mr Gibbons was recognised for his ongoing volunteer services to a broad range of community organisations and sporting clubs in particular the George Town Football Club Cricket Club, Fire Brigade, and Port Dalrymple School.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Marcus Darko
Marcus has represented Tasmania at two Pacific School Games as a member of the Tasmanian Swimming Team, and was honoured to captain the team in 2017. Marcus participates annually MS 24 Hour Mega Swim. This event is a relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours. All monies raised go to support for people living with multiple sclerosis. Marcus is well respected amongst his peers and the community of George Town through his leadership roles and swimming achievements.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR - 2017 Commemorative Events, Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
The George Town RSL Sub Branch has, for many years, been instrumental in organising the municipal commemorations for both Anzac Cay and Remembrance Day. These functions bring the George Town community together for a common cause – predominately for our residents to pay their respect, and to remember those that have “given their all”, and those that took up the challenge as members of the Australian Defence Force over many years. After suffering the closure of the RSL Club in George Town, the local RSL Sub Branch has re-established itself and has progressively increased the participation of commemorative functions in George Town.
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD - Mr (Peter) Pirzl
This year, Council presented an Australia Day Service to the Community Award to a longstanding member of the community. Born in Austria, Peter immigrated to Australia in 1955, eventually settling in George Town where he commenced work at Comalco. From the early 1990s until today, Peter has involved himself in community work, initially with the George Town Branch of the disabled children’s welfare association, then the Senior citizens, George Town hospital, Rotary Club, Probus, and the Garden Club.
RECOGNITION OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
Council gave recognition to three residents who have been honoured to be nominated and selected to be a 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Batonbearer. Jill Fish, Jarrod Freeman and Rhonda O’Sign were selected to be a Batonbearer because they inspire others with their passion and commitment to our community, and to the whole of Tasmania.
George Town Council would like to thank our Australia Day Ambassador, Mrs Jo Palmer for being part of the Australia Day celebrations in George Town. And thank you to all those who attended the ceremony and celebrations to make this day a pleasure to be a part of.
Special thank you to the members of the George Town Scout Group who attended to do raise our flags, and to Serenity Jones for her beautiful rendition of our National Anthem.