BRIGHTON Council held its annual volunteers and Australia Day Awards civic ceremony on January 25, with a reception at the Brighton Civic Centre well attended by more than 120 invited guests.
Mayor Tony Foster OAM conducted an Australia Day citizenship ceremony for Ms Karin Harris of Pontville, before presenting his Australia Day message before introducing the Woolworths Australia Day Ambassador.
This year’s Woolworths Australia Day Ambassador was Bruce Englefield. Bruce is well known for his mission to save one of our iconic Australian animals, the Tasmanian Devil. A former television technical and sound director for the BBC and ITV, he worked in the 1970s and 80s on British TV’s Benny Hill Show.
British-born Bruce returned to university, at the age of 51, to obtain a Master of Science degree in his lifetime passion of animal behaviour and training. While on holiday to Australia Bruce bought a wildlife park on the spur of the moment and settled in Tasmania with his family. He had fallen in love not only with Australia and its people, but also with the Tasmanian Devil. Bruce was ‘crowned’ Tasmania’s Australian of the Year in 2010.
Bruce talked specifically about What Australia Day means to him and was later presented with the Australia Day Ambassador pin from Woolworths.
Cr Foster announced the winners of the Australia Day Awards with Bruce Englefield handing the recipients their awards. This year’s winners were:
- Community event of year – ‘Get the Message – Live it now’ (Jordan River Service and Department of Health and Human Services)
- Volunteer of the year – Christine Sturzaker
- Young citizen of the year – joint winners Bradley Holzberger and Andrew Lawson
- Citizen of the year – Elizabeth (Liz) Holloway.
Brighton Community News congratulates all worth recipients of this year’s awards.