2019 Australia Day
29 Jan 2019
George Town Council celebrated Australia Day 2019 with our Awards Ceremony which saw two highly regarded citizens, and a local Service Club receive Australia Day Awards. In addition, we welcomed our Australia Day Ambassadors Chris and Jack Duffy, and had the enormous pleasure of welcoming four new Australian Citizens.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Mr Kevin Ellis
Mr Ellis was recognised for his ongoing volunteer services to a broad range of community organisations which includes Senior Citizens, Theatre Groups, George Town Boxing Club, and local community events.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Jye Marshall
Jye has had enourmous success as both a young designer, winning the 2015 Fashion Designer of the Year for Tasmania, and runner up in the national award. He hosted the 2018 National Runways Fashion Showcase in Melbourne, and has been invited back to host the 2019 event. At the age of 15, Jye applied for a position on a new National television children's show called "Get Arty". Jye was successful in securing a role, and is now one of the shows most popular presenters. Such is his popularity, he has been invited several times, to be a guest on Channel 7's morning show, where he has demonstrated some of his craft work.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR - Rotary Club of George Town "Wings and Things:".
Rotary Club of George Town held the inaugural Wings and Things event at the George Town Aerodrome in February 2014. Event elements include a large collection of vintage and veteran vehicles, aircraft and historic machinery, live music, children's area, exhibitions, food & refreshment stalls. The event is attended each year by a large number of local residents, and visitors from around the State.
2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AMBASSADORS - Chris and Jack Duffy
Jack was born in Launceston in 2006 with Cerebal Palsy Spastic Quadriplegia. He is currently 12 years old and can honestly boast that he has been a part of more adventures than many of us ever will. Jack utilises a wheelchair and is non-verbal but this has not prevented him raising over $200,000 for organisations supporting Tasmanians with disabilities.
In his short life Jack has sea kayaked from Launceston to Hobart (Kayak Jack), hiked the Overland Track (Overland Jack) has completed 4 marathons, and most recently formed part of a celebrity team for the George Town Triathlon.
Jack is now the namesake of the not for profit organisation, ‘Just Like Jack’ which allows children and families with disabilities to experience adventures and get the most out of life.
Chris is Jacks Dad and supports Jack along with many others to complete these amazing adventures ensuring that Jacks disabilities don’t prevent him living a life that many of us take for granted.
Council had the honour of welcoming four Australian Citizens who chose George Town as they undertake their Citizenship Ceremony – Dr Imram Aslam, Mr Rustam Imran, Ms Areesha Imran, and Mr Thomas McBroom.
Thanks are also extended to members of the George Town Scout Group who attended to do raise our flags, and to Vickie Barron for her beautiful rendition of our National Anthem.
The Australia Day celebrations continued with a very successful family pool party at the George Town Swimming Pool. Over 400 people took advantage of the beautiful weather to join in the great pool games, children's activities, laser and a traditional Australian Sausage Sizzle.