Australia Day 2018 – honouring Hume’s outstanding citizens

Welcoming Hume City’s newest citizens and recognising the community’s high achievers have marked Hume City Council’s Australia Day commemorations.

More than 70 of the City’s newest residents sworn in as citizens and two long-time residents were recognised as Citizens of the Year at the event at the Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn.

Hume Mayor, Geoff Porter said both Hume Citizens of the Year, Rick Byers and Jason Moore, had given so much to their local community.

“Attwood resident Rick Byers is a well-respected community member who has continually dedicated his time to pro-actively working with organisations and residents,” Hume Mayor, Cr Geoff Porter said.

“In being awarded Citizen of the Year, Rick has been recognised for his voluntary contribution as a long time committee member of the Attwood House Community Centre.

“Rick has been on the Committee of Management since its inception and provided leadership through various roles he has undertaken, including President.

“He has giving his time voluntarily and used his knowledge and understanding of the local community to ensure the Centre continues to meet the changing needs of our diverse community.

“Rick’s voluntary contributions extend to the community’s youth as well; he has previously served as president of Westmeadows Auskick and volunteered as part of the Essendon District Football League’s development squad.

“Similarly, Craigieburn resident Jason Moore is one of Hume’s ultimate all-rounders, contributing in many ways to make Hume a better place for all.

“Jason’s Citizen of the Year Award recognises his role as the driving force behind Craigieburn’s Relay for Life.

“During his time as President, Craigieburn’s Relay for Life has raised more than $100,000 to fight cancer and fund research.

“Jason’s volunteering contribution doesn’t end there; he has now served 10 years as President of the Craigieburn Basketball Association.

“He also volunteers in support of Highlands Parkrun; a free weekly community walk/run held in Craigieburn and he also initiated 3064 Sporting Groups, which bring together over 25 Craigieburn sporting groups to help enhance local sports and recreation.

“The judging panel were impressed with the quality of nominations for this year’s awards; so much, it was difficult to separate the two front-runners and I am thrilled we have such worthy recipients of our highest accolade on Australia Day.”

Council is also exceptionally proud of the recipient of the Hume Young Citizen of the Year Award, Michelle Grover.

“Fifteen year old Michelle has had a busy and active life for someone of such a young age,” Cr Porter said

“Michelle has been a junior leader at Sunbury Wongurri Guides for four years, helping younger girls succeed, as well as represent the group at events such as ANZAC Day marches.

“Among a long list of leadership roles both in and out of school, Michelle has also helped run Salesian College’s 2015 toy drive, spending each school lunchtime collecting donated toys for children in need.

“I’d like to thank Michelle for her involvement in our community and applaud her great energy, hard work and dedication.

“She is extremely talented in many areas and a true role model for young people in Hume.”

The inaugural ANZAC Day Service at the Craigieburn War Memorial was recognised as the Hume Event of the Year.

“The event, led by the Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee, was awarded for its efforts in bringing the community together - more than 2000 people flocked to the service held at the newly consecrated Craigieburn War Memorial,” Cr Porter said.

“The event saw different groups brought together; local schools joined scout and guide groups to lay wreaths while Craigieburn’s SES and CFA acted as flag marshals on the day.

“Today’s Australia Day event is a commemoration of all the people and things that make Hume great.

“It’s a chance to pay tribute to the first and original people of this land, the Gunung-Willam-Balluk of the Wurundjeri, recognise the contributions of our local residents, and an opportunity to open our arms to the City’s newest citizens.

“Our new citizens join a wonderfully colourful and diverse community, with residents from more than 160 countries, speaking over 140 languages.

“We are over the moon that they have called Hume home, as it’s a great place to live, work and play."

Posted on 12:00 PM, 26 January 2018

Updated : 1:00 PM, 26 January 2018

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