BRIGHTON Council has recognised a long-time community member, Elaine Scott as this year’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year.
Elaine’s extensive contribution to the community was recognised in front of Brighton Council representatives and community leaders.
A special ceremony recognising all Australia Day award recipients was officiated by Brighton Mayor, Tony Foster, along with Australia Day Ambassador, Wendy Kennedy.
Elaine is no stranger to the Municipality especially the Bridgewater community. She has been a passionate and committed contributor to community life in the municipality for many, many years.
As an active disability advocate, Elaine has been able to identify and promote key issues. Her previous personal experience as a disability support worker and now her current situation which sees her wheelchair-bound means she is able to help inform others for a better quality of life for community members.
In 2018, Elaine completed the Brighton Neighborhood Leadership Program which was conducted by Centacare Evolve Housing and has since become a regular participant of the Brighton Alive meetings and wider network.
Elaine has also worked with service providers to deliver the very successful Community Connections ‘In our Hood’ event in 2019, with more than 30 services providing information for residents.
This event received a $1000 award from Healthy Tasmania which Elaine then used to provide a school holiday movie day for local children.
In the past 12 months Elaine has been the driver behind the establishment of the Bridgewater Market, partnering with the Brighton Lions Club. She is also a regular attendee of Café Connections which is held in the Brighton Civic Centre.
During COVID, Elaine was very active in the popular Window Walk initiative. She also understood that homeschooling would mean students would not have the opportunity to buy a gift for their mum on Mother’s Day so decided to have gifts available at her front door for children to come and choose, free of charge.
Other category winners are: Young Citizen of the Year Natasha Tatnell; Volunteer of the Year, Kellie Willits and Event of the Year, Gagebrook’s MONA’s Bond Place community garden.