Wildlife champion Brighton Citizen of the Year

BONORONG Park director Greg Irons has been named as the Brighton municipality’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year.

Brighton’s Young Citizen of the Year is young student Dannielle Cash of Brighton, Old Beach Cricket Club stalwart Graeme Panton the municipality’s Volunteer of the Year and the Jordan River School Farm’s, Farm Fest named as the Event of the Year.

The winners were announced at the commencement of Brighton’s celebrations of Australia Day 2016.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster congratulated the award winners and said each made invaluable contributions to the Brighton community.

Mayor Foster said Greg Irons was an outstanding Tasmanian.

“Not only does he run a unique wildlife park and sanctuary that brings visitors and economic activity to Brighton, but he is also a champion for Tasmanian wildlife.

“Dannielle Cash has been an integral member of the Jordan River School Farm community, successfully showing sheep for a number of years. She will attend Claremont College this year provides a great example for other young people in Brighton.

“Graeme Panton has made a fantastic contribution to cricket in our municipality. The Old Beach Cricket Club provides a healthy sporting outlet for hundreds of people and is arguably the most successful community cricket club in Tasmania. Graeme leads a team of volunteers who are responsible for this.”

Mayor Foster said the Jordan River School Farm farm fest was a fantastic event for both the school farm and the community.

“Our 2016 Australia Day award winners represent much that is good about Brighton, and individually and collectively bring great credit to our municipality,” he said.

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