Australia Day

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — It gives me great pleasure to rise and acknowledge the Australia Day award recipients for the City of Kingston and pay tribute to those who received recognition. The City of Kingston, like so many municipalities across the south-eastern suburbs, has an array of people who are willing to go over and above in support of their community, volunteering hundreds and hundreds of hours of time to make our region better. It is worth mentioning that the 4th Mordialloc Sea Scouts was one of those organisations that was acknowledged as Young Community Group of the Year. Up to 100 members are now participating in the scouts.

I also want to put on the record mention of Kingston’s Beach Patrol Australia groups. Together they have collected an average of 1500 kilograms of rubbish and waste from our bay. That is an incredible amount of work, effort and time they have put in, and I want to acknowledge them. There are three special people I want to mention on the record. One is our Young Citizen of the Year, Gemma Shea, who at the age of 14 started volunteering and working at the Mordialloc Community Centre. The Outstanding Citizen Award went to Greg McMahon, who as principal of Parkdale Secondary College led it through significant growth and development. A special mention goes to Mairi Neil, who is our Citizen of the Year. She has been at the Mordialloc Neighbourhood House, is part of the Mordialloc Writers’ Group and is an absolutely outstanding advocate for our community.