Members Statement: Australia Day Awards

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) (13:41:56): Last month I once again had the pleasure of attending Hume City Council’s annual Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremony. Craigieburn resident Val Price was named Citizen of the Year in recognition of her involvement in a number of community groups and sporting clubs, including the Craigieburn Netball Association, Craigieburn Little Athletics, Hume Relay for Life and Craigieburn Primary School. My thanks to Val for her many years of hard work, and congratulations on this much-deserved award. Congratulations also to Sunbury resident and disability access advocate Stephanie Challis, who received the Young Citizen of the Year award, and the organisers of the Sunbury Agricultural Show, who received the Community Event of the Year award. The national Australia Day honours also saw Craigieburn’s Drew Jessop awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. Drew has served as a councillor for 22 years and as mayor twice, but his involvement in the community extends well beyond local government. Drew has made an immense contribution in a vast number of leadership roles, including the Merri Creek Management Committee, the Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee, Craigieburn Education and Community Centre and the Craigieburn Festival committee—just to name a few. Personally, having known Drew for a number of years, including serving with him on Hume City Council between 2008 and 2012, I am delighted that his passionate dedication to both Craigieburn and Hume has been recognised. Lastly, congratulations to all of the new citizens who participated in the Australia Day ceremony and the citizenship ceremony. They are greatly welcomed by our community.